Turning education and skills policy into practice

Education research and evaluation

The AlphaPlus team undertakes a range of education research and evaluation studies across all education phases. Our work varies from research for government departments to inform policy, or work to support clients to understand the impact of interventions, such as programmes to improve teaching and learning, and reviews of relevant literature.

We have a team of social scientists who can use a range of methodologies (qualitative and quantitative) and data collection methods.

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Jenny Smith, Director

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Education research and evaluation services

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Impact studies

We conduct medium- and long-term studies of the impact of interventions for clients.

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Process evaluation

We evaluate and report on the research process when policies and interventions are implemented.

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Case studies

We use case studies to help give an in-depth understanding of the education system and teaching and learning in a number of contexts. For example, we look at what works in different types of school, college or university.

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Quantitative research and analysis

We have high-level expertise and wide experience in the quantitative analysis of data to support both the evaluation and the improvement of qualifications and their assessments.

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Developing effective, bespoke surveys for our clients, using either online or paper-based questionnaires or telephone interviews is another of our specialisms. These can be used for large research projects or stand-alone stakeholder consultations, for example.

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Literature and document reviews

We undertake extensive literature and document reviews for clients, either as part of a larger project or as stand-alone pieces of work.

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Action research

In addition to working with and supporting practitioner researchers in schools and colleges, team members have also developed and delivered research training for practitioners.

If you have an enquiry about any other evaluation or research services, please get in touch and we will be happy to discuss your specific requirements.

Education research and evaluation projects

Education research and evaluation clients

Our clients include awarding organisations, professional bodies and government departments:


Education research and evaluation team

Jenny Smith
Jenny Smith
Sarah Maughan
Sarah Maughan
Andrew Boyle
Andrew Boyle
Anna Grant
Anna Grant
Prof Roger Murphy
Professor Roger Murphy
Kathy Seymour
Kathy Seymour
John Hamer
John Hamer


We are always interested in hearing from experienced educationalists who can bring expertise to the AlphaPlus team. For more information about what we're looking for and how to apply, please visit the Working with AlphaPlus page.

If you are interested in jobs through our awarding organisation recruitment service, you can view current jobs, find out how to apply, and register your interest for jobs. Awarding organisations can see the benefits of our service in the AO recruitment section.