A Poll of Education Officials in 35 Countries: Experiments Suggest Policymakers Don’t Care Much About Experiments
Researchers want their work to have an impact in the real world. For this to happen, policymakers need to be able to access their research and to be convinced that it is sufficiently credible and relevant to change their minds and inform policy. Understanding what kind of research and evidence convince policymakers to update their beliefs has been the subject of increasing study in recent years. Last year we conducted a survey of over 900 senior officials in Ministries of Education (or related government agencies) in 35 low- and middle-income countries. We surveyed them to understand how and by whom their priorities and perceptions are influenced, as well as to elicit their priorities for education policy and spending in their countries and their views on aid donors.