Value for money: experimenting with algorithms for school comparisons (II)

9 December 2016

This week Reform published the first in a series of blogs outlining our research on value for money in schools. It described the growing budgetary constraints schools are facing and argued that improving value for money should be seen as a fundamental task.

This second blog, written by Eleonora Harwich, will describe the technique Reform experimented with to compare similar schools. The overarching idea was to create static groups of similar schools before examining differences in the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of school types within those groups – such as academies and community schools. This blog will also present the results from Reform’s attempt to create homogeneous school clusters using a sample of both primary and secondary school-level data.

Read the full blog by clicking on ‘View story’ in the image below.

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