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  • Why should I use What Works?


  • How do I use What Works?


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  • Get involved in What Works


  • Understanding the evidence base


  • The SEND Code of Practice


  • Glossary of terms


  • What Works Training Database


Other websites about evidence-based practice

Please find below a list of some other sites that you may find of interest:


AAC Knowledge

Brings together information and research evidence about augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) in one place. In order to meet the needs of a wide audience it provides different ways of finding out more about AAC. The site was funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.


The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Compendium of EBP Guidelines and Systematic Reviews

A result of ASHA's National Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders (N-CEP) research project to identify and obtain clinical practice guidelines. These came from all over the world related to audiology and/or speech-language pathology in order to help clinicians to make the best decisions with and for their clients.


Best Evidence in Brief

A fortnightly brief produced by the Institute for Effective Education at the University of York, and the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University. The e-newsletter is sent every two weeks with a round-up of items of interest from the education news, examining the evidence behind the headlines to provide practical information on what works in schools.


C4EO (The Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People's Services)

A best practice hub for 'what works' in children's services and is used by all Local Authorities across England. C4EO provides a range of products and support services to improve outcomes and aims to gather excellence in local practice and national research and data about 'what works' in one place.


Early Intervention Foundation (EIF)

The EIF champions early intervention and provide advice and support to local commissioners on evidence, social finance and payment-by-results, to help them choose early intervention programmes. It will gather evidence and research for what works for early intervention in the UK.


The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF)

An independent grant-making charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement, ensuring that children from all backgrounds can fulfil their potential and make the most of their talents. As well as maintaining the Teaching and Learning Toolkit detailed above, the EEF is funding a range of projects working with schools across England that it believes have the potential to raise attainment among disadvantaged pupils. It also evaluates their impact through robust and independent evaluations.



Evidence4Impact is an initiative from the Institute for Effective Education (IEE) that provides a searchable database of educational programmes available in the UK, with a simple evidence rating system.


Interventions for Literacy

Developed by the The Dyslexia-SpLD Trust and is intended to help you weigh up the choices between interventions targeted directly on literacy. The schemes included are those which are readily available and have been quantitatively evaluated in the UK. Also for which at least one reasonable impact measure has been calculated, where 'reasonable' implies that the scheme has been shown in at least one study to double pupils' normal rate of progress.


Investing in Children

A product of the Social Research Unit at Dartington, Investing in Children provides free s free and independent advice on the costs and benefits of competing investment options in children's services, including information on more than 100 interventions.



The ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD) is a five year research collaboration investigating how children learn to communicate with language. LuCiD has produced a number of publications on children's language development and also delivers workshops and seminars for practitioners. 


NHS Evidence

A service that enables access to authoritative clinical and non-clinical evidence and best practice through a web-based portal. It helps people from across the NHS, public health and social care sectors to make better decisions as a result. NHS Evidence is managed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.



A database that provides open access to a catalogue of Best Interventions and Treatment Efficacy across the scope of Speech Pathology practice. This is an evidence based practice initiative between The University of Sydney and Speech Pathology Australia


The RALLI campaign

Created to Raise Awareness of Language Learning Impairment (RALLI) and includes videos that explain what a language impairment is, the impact it can have and how to get help


The Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit

An accessible summary of educational research which provides guidance for teachers and schools on how to use their resources to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. The Toolkit currently covers 30 topics, each summarised in terms of their average impact on attainment, the strength of the evidence supporting them and their cost.


What Works Network

This has recently been launched to build on existing evidence-based policy making to guide decision-making. The What Works Network will consist of two existing centres of excellence - the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the Educational Endowment Foundation - plus four new independent institutions responsible for gathering, assessing and sharing the most robust evidence. This will inform policy and service delivery in tackling crime, promoting active and independent ageing, effective early intervention, and fostering local economic growth.