REMS - Research Evidence Management System

In 2005 the British Government published proposals for a radical reform of the education system for 14-19 year olds - the 14-19 Reform. The Qualifications & Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA) is the public body tasked with this redevelopment of the curriculum, qualifications and their assessment. The Reforms are being introduced into schools, colleges and training centres between 2008 and 2013. The work to achieve this is being undertaken by strand teams within QCDA and a range of other Government agencies. Each team is undertaking research, evaluation and monitoring activities to ascertain the extent to which their work is meeting the aims.

REMS is designed to make strategic use of the evidence produced on the 14-19 Reform, to influence and inform policy development and ensure it is evidence-based. NVivo is used to store, classify and code reports relating to the Reform. The evidence is analysed and trends and key messages are reported to stakeholders.

A specification for the project describes the goals and plan for the project.

REMS contains strategic objectives, policy documents, monitoring, research, evaluation reports and commentary and media articles, from both internal and external stakeholders. Wherever possible the documents were imported in their original format including graphs, tables and diagrams.

Cases and attributes
There is a case for each source and attributes record information such as the author, date and research rating.

Nodes and coding
The coding framework (part 1 & part 2) is designed so that each item of evidence is coded to 4-6 nodes. As this is secondary data coded by a team of coders a detailed manual describes the coding process.

An analysis manual provides guidance on how to access the REMS data. A report is produced each quarter (eg Quarter 1) describing the current content of REMS and emerging trends.