The Evidence Institute believe we can enable an optimistic future by gathering and generating impactful evidence to support independent schools in providing excellent education opportunities.

The Institute has been established at a time when significant change and disruption are impacting a wide range of industries, including education. It recognises the importance of exploring the ways society understands the place of schools, teachers, and the role they play in shaping future generations.

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Just Launched: Growing and Nurturing Educators (GANE)

GANE is a three-year initiative that will develop innovative, evidence-based projects to grow and nurture Independent school educators.
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Growing Evidence Informed Practice

Growing Evidence Informed Practice brings together teachers and leaders across all career stages to learn, develop, and grow their understanding of using evidence, assessment and data.
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Perspectives is a whole school survey which enables schools to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement across a broad range of domains including School Environment, Teaching and Learning, Student Wellbeing, Leadership and Community.
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2022 Educational Research Symposium

Engage with what it means to support and embed evidence-informed practice at the whole school level.
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Upcoming Event: Connect Around Data - Continuous Reporting >

AISNSW on behalf of the Data Network Group would like to invite you to join us for an afternoon of learning and networking.

Updates to Perspectives Survey Suite >

In 2022, two additional evidence-based surveys via the Perspectives survey suite will be available for use from Term Two - Perspectives: Staff Wellbeing and Perspectives: Graduating Year 12.

What is Data and Evidence? >

The importance of using data and evidence effectively in educational contexts has risen noticeably over the last decade, however, a lack of clarity regarding their definitions still exists.


  Enable Evidence Informed Practice

Engaging in and with research is an essential component of independent schooling, but research alone does not change practice. Educators recognise that effective implementation of research and evidence based approaches can positively impact student outcomes and help to reduce the research to practice gap. The Evidence Institute supports independent schools in this process through targeted initiatives and activities specifically designed to integrate high quality evidence based practices into authentic educational environments.

Grounding education in evidence informed practice is an essential feature of assuring and enhancing educational excellence. Initiatives are informed by a variety of frameworks and research methodologies including Spiral of Inquiry, Action Research and Design Thinking. The Evidence Institute provides opportunities for independent schools to undertake, access and utilise educational research.

Opportunities out of Remote Learning

Schools and educators continue to be faced with unprecedented challenges as remote learning, in varying degrees and for different students, becomes more prevalent practice due to COVID-19. The Evidence Institute continues to explore these challenges and their impacts on the future needs of educators as they adapt to different ways of meeting individual learners needs.

   Support School and Sector Insights

Complex global and technological trends continue to impact the educational landscape. The Evidence Institute supports the collection and use of high quality evidence to empower schools as they navigate significant change.

The Institute offers a variety of services to support schools in their collection, analysis, interpretation and use of internal and external data for continuous school improvement. This includes:

The evidence based knowledge and insights gained through the activities of the Institute are designed to assist leaders in school planning, and classroom teachers to identify with precision their students’ strengths and opportunities. Support provided by the Institute will ultimately guide schools in improving student performance and pedagogical delivery.

  Build Research Skills and Communities

Connecting and engaging with similar or diverse perspectives can enhance thinking and provide new insights about information and areas of new knowledge. The Evidence Institute recognises the importance of developing research communities to support school leaders and teachers in their research. The Institute provides formal and informal opportunities to build these communities, support sustained engagement and bridge the research to practice gap.

The Evidence Institute offers a range of research-focused professional learning opportunities to support the development of research skills. These include face-to-face, online and blended programs and are designed to complement the suite of offerings provided by AISNSW. It also provides opportunities to showcase research conducted in independent school contexts, focusing on improving student, teacher and school outcomes. Together these help to create momentum to empower teachers and school leaders, both informing their practice and supporting sustainable change.

Online and blended courses available include:

Face to Face courses available include:

 Undertake and Commission Research

The Evidence Institute undertakes and supports a range of research, independently, and through partnerships for mutual benefit, and the betterment of education. Commissioned research is undertaken with independent schools and organisations including universities, government and industry.

The Institute is committed to sharing the highest quality evidence from local, national and international research to help inform practice within the independent sector and beyond. Information is shared in a variety of ways to engage and support a wide range of stakeholders including teachers, school leaders, educational researchers, government and those across intersecting industries.

Strategic themes are identified through consultation with stakeholders and by monitoring the educational horizon. The Institute understands the evolving and diverse needs of the independent sector and seeks to support schools with evidence relevant to their diverse contexts.

School Based Research Projects

Each year member schools in NSW are invited to apply for funding and support to conduct a two year School Based Research Project. Successful projects are awarded in areas of education which ultimately impact student outcomes and make substantial contributions to new insights in and beyond individual schools. These Projects aim to build research capacity and cultures of research engagement in practicing teachers and/or school leaders in the independent sector.
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Education Research Council

The AIS Education Research Council plays an important role in shaping the direction of The Evidence Institute. Established in 2014, the Council is made up of Heads from a variety of NSW independent schools, and has a mandate to investigate and support the research needs of independent schools in NSW.
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Meet The Evidence Institute

The Evidence Institute is staffed by a team of researchers and educators with a broad range of experience and expertise. They are committed to bridging the research to practice gap in the independent sector.
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