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The BIG Evidence Debate











Join us for a very special event in Durham where leading educational experts Dylan Wiliam and Larry Hedges, will be joined by thought leaders and educational practitioners, to debate the contribution that meta-analysis and randomised control trials make to understanding what works in education. The discussions will seek to address some of the important challenges and explore what the profession has learned from the use of this evidence.

We’ll explore how we gather and use evidence, discuss how ideas about the use of evidence have evolved over time, and look at where we go next to share quality evidence-informed practice in the education community.


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Confirmed Speakers

Keynote presentations from
Dylan Wiliam and Larry Hedges

Panel Discussions

Is meta-analysis the best we can do?

A critical discussion of the best approaches to synthesising research findings.

Professor Steve Higgins, Professor Nancy Cartwright, Professor Catherine Hewitt, Dr Ben Styles

Where is the value in meta-analysis in education?

A discussion about the benefits and limitations of meta-analysis, and discovering what works in practice.

Dr Niki Kaiser, Phil Stock, Megan Dixon

‘Don’t do meta-analysis’, or ‘Do it more carefully’?

Where do we go from here?

Professor Rob Coe, Professor Stuart Kime, Professor Lee Elliot-Major, Philipa Cordingley