Research on interventions in early childhood and education

Funding is being announced for research on the effects of measures to promote quality in early childhood education and care, primary and secondary education, and upper secondary education. The funding is provided as part of the Government’s national competence strategy in education.

The Ministry of Education and Research has commissioned the Research Council to issue a call for proposals for research on the effects of measures to promote quality in early childhood education and care, primary and secondary education, and upper secondary education. 

Funding for this initiative is designated under Innovasjonsordningen [the Innovation Scheme] in Meld. St. 21 (2016–2017), Lærelyst – tidlig innsats og kvalitet i skolen, the white paper from the Ministry of Education and Research on early efforts/interventions to increase quality in schools. The initiative is part of the Government’s national competence strategy in education, which establishes a new model for competence-building in ECEC institutions and schools.

Requirements relating to research design

Projects must satisfy the stipulated criteria relating to research design, but it is up to the sector to define the measures to be tested. It is important that the measures reflect the strategic priorities of the owners of the ECEC institutions and primary as well as lower and upper secondary schools, but the measures must be planned and implemented in close cooperation with researchers.

Research organisations are eligible to apply for funding, but the proposal must fulfil the requirements for cooperation involving ECEC institutions and primary as well as lower and upper secondary schools.

Of particular interest are intervention studies where effects are preferably measured through randomised controlled studies or quasi-experimental design.

Objective of the initiative

The objective of this initiative is to examine the effects of measures implemented to promote higher quality in ECEC institutions and primary as well as lower and upper secondary education. The efforts are to generate more research-based knowledge of relevance to these institutions’ activities to further develop and improve their practice.

See here for more information about opportunities for the public sector.