Julie Nelson is a Senior Research Manager at the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER). She has directed research studies and presented widely on the topic of evidence-informed education. She is also a member of the Coalition for Evidence-Based Education (CEBE) steering group.
Julie has worked with colleagues at the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) on a variety of projects in the field of evidence-informed teaching. In 2015 she directed an innovative study that developed definitions and measures of teacher research engagement. This is currently being followed up through a new national study with the EEF, which is researching teachers’ engagement with and use of evidence, as well as EEF’s own resources. Additionally, Julie is leading the national evaluation of EEF’s North-East literacy scale-up campaign. This programme focuses on effective strategies to mobilise evidence about best practices in literacy teaching in the North-East of England. She also leads the national evaluation of the Department for Education’s Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund, a multi-million pound project which supports high-quality professional development for teachers and school leaders in the areas and schools in England that need it most.
Julie is author of a number of reports, reviews and practitioner papers on the topic of evidence-informed education. She co-authored: Using Evidence in the Classroom: what works and why? with Clare O’Beirne and has recently co-edited a special issue of Educational Research Journal with Professor Carol Campbell, University of Ontario, Canada on the topic of evidence-informed practice. Along with Carol Campbell, Julie is also contributing the education chapter to a forthcoming book: What Works Now? Evidence-based policy and practice revisited’ edited by Annette Boaz, Huw Davies, Alec Fraser & Sandra Nutley