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The Evidence

The Edge Foundation leads the way in supporting and commissioning research to show the value of technical and professional education, showcase best practice and understand lessons learned. We often work with partner organisations when tendering for research to ensure that the findings are as relevant as possible to colleagues across the sector.

This page provides details of any research tenders where we are currently looking for organisations or individuals to come forward to undertake pieces of work. You can find information and findings from previous research projects on our Research reports page. If you have any questions about our research programme, you can contact our Director of Policy and Research, Olly Newton.

Current and Ongoing tenders

The Edge Foundation is commissioning an independent evaluation of the Ford Next Generation Learning UK Pilot. The pilot is based on the model of Academies of Nashville (USA) and will be implemented in three schools in September 2018 in the North East of England. The evaluation will capture the development phase pre-September 2018 and will gather evidence for what works and what does not work during the pilot year.

Download the Invitation to Tender.

The Edge Foundation is commissioning an independent, holistic and thorough evaluation of the Career Colleges in England. Career Colleges aim to increase the range and choice of vocational education opportunities for 14-19 year olds. The concept of Career Colleges was launched in October 2013. The concept is designed to be a flexible and alternative education for young people, through employer-designed education, with pathways into work. Download the invitation to tender here.

We have jointly commissioned with the Royal Academy of Engineering a piece of research to evaluate the University Technical College (UTC) model.

The aim of this piece of research is to understand effective practice and lessons learned, particularly in relation to curriculum design and employer engagement.

NFER has been commissioned to conduct this piece of research. The project started in 2016 and will be completed at the end of 2018.

Read the Interim report: phase one here.

In partnership with the Studio Schools Network we have commissioned the Univeristy of Oxford to complete a piece of research into the CREATE Framework in Studio Schools. CREATE is a tool to develop young people’s skills. The research aims to investigate the perceptions and use of CREATE by different stakeholders and to identify examples of good practices and lessons learnt that could be disseminated to other Studio Schools and beyond.