University of Edinburgh will undertake independent scientific evidence on the effects of Skoolbo on the numeracy and literacy skills of children in the UK and help further our understanding of the process of educational attainment growth more generally.
University of Edinburgh will be granted access to anonymised data in order to undertake the research. The research is led by two highly experienced academics.
Professor Michèle Belot is an expert in the field of behavioural economics, with a particular focus on health and education decisions. She is part of the Academic Panel advising the Cabinet Office’s Behavioural Insight team. She has previously done research on the effects of the “Jamie Oliver Feed Me Better Campaign Survey” and has conducted a large randomised controlled trial in UK schools looking at the effects of rewards on fruit and vegetable consumption.
She is particularly interested in understanding how rewards affect behaviour and for whom they are most effective. Her research is mainly quantitative, using either large administrative data sets (such as the National Pupil Database or the School Census) or data collected through experiments. She has great experience in handling confidential data.
Dr Steven Dieterle is an expert in field of economics of education. His research is aimed at developing a better understanding of the education process with a particular focus on the factors that directly impact student outcomes. Within this broader agenda, his current and past research includes work on the link between pedagogy choices and early primary student achievement, how the labour market for teachers affects a host of student outcomes, the role school infrastructure plays in creating an environment conducive to student learning, and methodological questions on how best to statistically measure the impact of educational interventions.Through this research, Steven has developed an expertise in the secure and confidential handling and use of administrative data to answer questions in education. The study of student incentives and reward schemes is strongly linked to his goal of advancing the understanding of the education process in order to improve outcomes for students.
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