Systematic Reviews

Decision-makers in education increasingly rely on empirical research data when making decisions. In order to make this process more efficient, DIPF prepares the multitude of research findings in user oriented systematic reviews.

A rich and diverse body of findings from educational research is available today. There is a great demand for the use of these findings to address matters of educational practice in user oriented, multidisciplinary and balanced ways, enabling educational policy-makers, administrators and practitioners to base their decisions on empirically founded knowledge. At the same time, these decision-makers may need an overview of empirical knowledge on certain topics as specific problems arise. Systematic reviews are a suitable means of processing this knowledge. They are highly significant, of excellent scientific quality and they are relevant for governance. Across Europe, such systematic reviews in the area of education have so far only been compiled by a small number of institutions. Their quality depends on the integration of all relevant research findings into the overview as well as their structured and scientifically grounded evaluation and presentation. DIPF is experienced in processing research findings that deal with aspects relevant in political contexts and is part of respective international networks such as Evidence Informed Policy and Practice in Education in Europe (EIPPEE). In collaboration with partners in educational research and information, DIPF creates systematic reviews according to international standards as developed by the Campbell Collaboration or the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre). To this end, the Institute for example works with the Leibniz Education Research Network (LERN) which unites the educational expertise within the Leibniz Association. By integrating the reviews into the research data systems at DIPF in the future, the results will become available to decision-makers in education policy and administration as well as for future scientific use.