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Michael T Sanders

Michael T Sanders

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  • October 26, 2020

    Positive signs for gender pay gap transparency

    Closing the gender pay gap – the difference between average hourly earnings for men and women – is a key priority for those who believe in equality. Although the Equal Pay Act makes it illegal to pay people differently for the same work, the gap persists due to a combination of minor distinctions, discrimination, and…
  • October 9, 2020

    Showing your working (papers)

    While eating my breakfast this morning I came across a tweet about working papers, arguing that, effectively, we shouldn’t talk about them.  Working papers, also known as pre-prints, are versions of an academic paper that are released, usually online, and usually for free, by researchers ahead of their publication through peer review. They allow scholars…
  • July 17, 2020

    We’ve moved in. Now the real work begins.

    Just over a year ago, in May 2019, we wrote a blog on the Alliance for Useful Evidence’s website, arguing for the establishment of an “Evidence Quarter” – a home to organisations that care about evidence based policy, and their fellow travellers. The blog attracted interest – many people were keen to hear more, and…
  • May 14, 2020

    Embrace it when cherished interventions are shown not to work

    Earlier this month, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) published the results of a randomised controlled trial evaluating “Project SUCCESS” – a project in which students at FE colleges and their nominated study supporters were sent text messages to try and encourage positive discussions about their maths and English GCSEs, which the students were resitting. We, together with…
  • May 31, 2019

    Introducing the Evidence Quarter

    As Brexit sucks all the oxygen out of British government, it’s easy to miss an important success story. The UK has set up ten What Works Centres (WWCs) to orchestrate the best evidence for frontline professionals and policymakers. They have flourished since the What Works network was launched in 2013, building on the work of…