We lead a range of research projects which contribute to improving child wellbeing policy making in different spheres. PERU undertakes rigorous evaluations of educational interventions, to determine their impact and to understand what works. As an independent evaluator for the Education Endowment Foundation and other ‘What Works Centres’, we design and implement robust Randomised Controlled Trials, other types of counterfactual evaluation and have expertise in process evaluation. We also have expertise in international comparative and longitudinal survey methodology with a focus on children and young people.

Current and recent work includes:

  • Evaluation (using a Randomised Controlled Trial) of the effectiveness of Eedi formative assessment programme on raising attainment in maths among Key Stage 4 students in 150 schools
  • A four year study examining the effects of Whole School SEND review on outcomes for special educational needs students in 160 secondary schools
  • Multi-site randomised controlled trial, running in four local authorities, looking at the effects of Video Interactive Guidance on families with a social workers.
  • A cluster randomised controlled trial looking the impact of the PALS reading programme on Year 5 pupils in 90 primary schools across the north and midlands.
  • Two pilot trials looking at the potential for running cluster trials of sports interventions for children at risk of involvement in the criminal justice system in secondary schools.  Both trials involve the randomisation of 12 schools and 144 children to intervention and control groups.
  • A study examining the consequences for trial design and statistical power of using examination grades as primary outcomes in school randomised trials
  • Leading the development of the first Europe-wide birth cohort survey: Growing Up in Digital Europe (GUIDE).