The educational evidence portal (eep) is a joint venture being taken forward by a group of organisations that wish to make research evidence more widely available. The eep Development Group manages strategic, operational and editorial matters. It comprises volunteers from several of the organisations whose research is searchable through the portal and is chaired by Andrew Morris, an independent. The EPPI Centre at the Institute of Education, University of London, updates and develops the website.
The content searched by the portal comes from a wide range of organisations associated with eep. In one mode ("search websites"), websites from all of these can be searched. In a second mode ("search database"), a database containing selected resources from multiple organisations can be searched. These are indexed (or meta-tagged) to provide a more refined search. The database was frozen temporarily as of 31st January 2012. New content will be added when further sponsorship becomes available.
The software, based on MSN search technology, was originally developed in collaboration with Microsoft as part of its Partners in Learning programme. During 2012 the “website search” software was upgraded by the EPPI Centre to incorporate text mining technology, enabling sub-categories to be created automatically. eep is also a contributor to the Europe-wide EIPPEE project, which has developed a portal enabling research publications from many countries and language areas to be searched.
Funding has been provided by many sponsors since the inception of eep in 2006, particularly by CfBT Education Trust who have also provided central administrative support.
Users of the portal are important and a regular newsletter goes to a User Panel of several hundred members. They are invited to test out changes and provide feedback. You can join the panel by registering via the website.
For further information contact the chair: Andrew Morris on firstname.lastname@example.org
Contributors to eep
The websites of all organisations involved in eep are listed on the search websites page.