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MiSPI Project: Shotton Hall Research School joins forces with Evidence-Based-Education and Michigan State University!

November 8, 2018



Knowing who to go to and where for reliable advice around educational interventions can be problematic for some school leaders. However, imagine if, in the future, leaders knew precisely who to call for information about the best literacy interventions for their students. Not just for any students, but for their students. One email or phone call would get them to the right place, the right person for the information they need. Imagine the time they’d save.
Imagine the effect on students’ outcomes if leaders had access to a database of the go-to people and organisations who could advise you on the most cost-effective, tried and tested, evidence-based numeracy programmes. Imagine the effects on learning of using those tools and interventions which we already know to be working well.
Imagine how much more efficient and effective school improvement decisions would be, if only we knew who had the answers to our most important questions.
Well, maybe we won’t need to imagine much longer …
Shotton Hall Research School is running a research study in the Autumn / Winter of 2018 - alongside two psychologists from the USA (Drs Zak and Jenna Neal) and Chester-le-Street’s Evidence Based Education – to see if we can turn imagination into reality. The MiSPI in the UK programme is designed to map out the information networks of decision-makers in schools, so that we can both learn more about how we make school improvement choices currently, and about how to optimise these information networks to improve student outcomes. Right now, the MiSPI project is conducting a survey with a randomly selected subset of school leaders in north east England.  Please watch this space as we update you with ongoing information!

In the meantime, if you would like to learn more about the project, please visit

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