There is a vast amount of research on what goes on in schools, but how can school leaders sort credible findings from dubious claims and use these to make informed decisions that benefit their schools? How can abstract ideas from research be translated into dynamic plans for action? This book is a practical guide to evidence-based school leadership demonstrating the benefits that can be gained from engaging with robust educational research and offering clear guidance on applying meaningful lessons to practice. Topics include:  • What is evidence-based school leadership and why does it matter?  • How to collect data from your own school and how to analyse this evidence in order to inform strategic leadership decisions  • Models for implementing school improvement and change  • Leadership skills for fostering a culture of evidence-based practice This is essential reading for senior and middle leaders in educational organisations who aspire to lead effective schools with high levels of staff well-being and enhanced outcomes for the learners they teach.

Applying evidence to the decision-making process

Applying evidence to the decision-making process

Chapter outline

This chapter will explore issues relating to both the decision-making process and the implementation of any subsequent decision. Consideration will be given to a simple rule of thumb to be used when making a decision on whether to act or not. Next, some of the challenges in identifying some of the costs associated with a decision, and how educational research has paid insufficient attention to side-effects, will be discussed. This will lead on to a discussion that considers some of the issues associated with decision-making and cognitive biases. Following on from this, the chapter will begin to explore the issues associated with implementing the decision Plan–Do–Study–Act (PDSA) cycle. Attention will focus ...

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