Dr Andy Biggart is a Lecturer and Deputy Director of the Centre For Effective Education in the School of Education Queen's University Belfast and has led a number of Randomised Control Trial evaluations of educational programmes in Ireland and the UK. He is currently overseeing the independent evaluation of a number trials associated with Success for All (UK) funded by the Education Endowment Foundation.
Dr Tracey Bywater is Professor of Family Wellbeing at the University of York's Department of Health Sciences. Previously, she was a Reader in the Institute for Effective Education. Her area of interest and expertise lies in the design and implementation of randomised controlled trials of complex interventions, namely parent, child, and school programmes, to assess behavioural and health outcomes for children and their carers/families. In addition to outcomes or clinical effectiveness of these interventions, she is interested in process, and cost, evaluations of intervention delivery. In particular, she has carried out several evaluations into the effectiveness of programmes from the Incredible Years series. Prior to coming to the IEE Tracey worked for many years in the Psychology Department at Bangor University, Wales, and was also seconded to The Social Research Unit, Dartington. Tracey is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the School of Psychology, Bangor University, and is also Chair of the Board of Trustees for the charity the Children's Early Intervention Trust.
Professor Bette Chambers is Director of the Institute for Effective Education (IEE) in York, where she actively promotes the use of evidence-based education. Professor Chambers received a PhD in Educational Psychology from McGill University in Montreal. She taught and researched early childhood education at Concordia University in Montreal. She then developed and evaluated early childhood programmes at the Success for All Foundation and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA before moving to the University of York, where she conducted research on education interventions. The IEE is an independent charity that promotes the implementation of practices and programmes with research evidence of effectiveness. In addition to evidence-based practice, her interests are early childhood education, co-operative learning, early literacy and applications of technology in education.