Effective use of evidence is key to improving outcomes for children and young people.  

What is evidence?

Evidence is any type of information that supports an assertion, hypothesis or claim. There are many types of evidence in education, including insights drawn from child or student assessments, classroom observations, recommendations from popular education books and findings from research studies and syntheses. AERO refers to two types of evidence in its work:

  • research evidence: academic research, such as causal research or synthesis research, which uses rigorous methods to provide insights into educational practice. 
  • practitioner-generated evidence: evidence generated by educators, teachers and leaders through their daily practice (for example, teacher observations, information gained from formative or summative assessments or insights from student feedback on teacher practices).

We're studying how evidence is currently used in early childhood education and care services and schools. Learn more about this project.

Evidence use – tools and resources   

We want to advance the national conversation around evidence use in education, by connecting educators and teachers to quality evidence and by researching how it is used in practice.