Learning Collaborative

Applied Research At Scale

The Learning Collaborative was founded on a desire to contribute to public good and further learning.

The Learning Collaborative is composed of leading academics, scholars, educators and institutions. It conducts research on applied work in schools that will drive learning for children at a state and nationwide scale and contribute to global understanding of how children learn.

The Learning Collaborative conducts large-scale, randomised A/B testing to compare different approaches to instructional design and academic programming. The studies undertaken by the Collaborative are based upon a real-time analysis of challenges hindering pupil achievement or a desire to contribute to the academic understanding of theories that the broader education community is examining such as, “students are reading with fluency, but are struggling with comprehension” or “students struggle with long-term retention of key math concepts.”

How does the Learning Collaborative Work?

  • Once a study has been identified, the Collaborative consults, studies and reflects, drawing on the advice of field researchers and instructional design teams and from existing writings and studies from cognitive scientists and researchers.
  • After resolving which solution to explore, a formal A/B evaluation is designed. The study is conducted within schools and classrooms of one or more NewGlobe programmes. Studies range in longevity from a single term to an academic year.
  • Following conclusion and analysis, the approach which generated the largest learning gains for students is deployed across the NewGlobe network and made available to the wider academic and practitioner communities through the publication of findings.

Context for Studies

  • The Learning Collaborative connects partnering researchers with NewGlobe Programmes, which provides the school-based context for educational evaluations conducted at scale.
  • Partnering researchers working within the Learning Collaborative have the unique opportunity to implement RCTs in multiple school contexts.
  • Implementation in a large school network also means that studies can be implemented at scale and therefore generate statistically significant findings. 

Discover the work of the Learning Collaborative

NewGlobe has supported urgent education transformation for well over a decade. Its research hub, The Learning Collaborative, was founded on a desire to contribute to public good and further learning.

The Learning Collaborative is composed of leading academics, scholars, educators and institutions. It conducts research on applied work in schools that will both drive learning for students at a state and nationwide scale and contribute to global understanding of how children learn.