Digital Technology Evidence Library


LocationUnited Kingdom
Start date01/10/2022
End date31/01/2023
Clients Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), Steve Higgins (University of Durham)


The OECS Commission has a mandate to work towards economic harmonisation and integration of the people of the OECS. Its function is guided by the 2010 Revised Treaty of Basseterre. Article 22.1 of the Treaty speaks to Member States’ commitment to harmonise and standardise curriculum and assessments across the level of the education sector of the region. The collaborative approach to education taken across Member States to address education issues provides opportunities for networking and sharing experiences to jointly tackle the mammoth challenges facing the sector. Consequently, the OECS Commission strategically designs and implements regional initiatives to achieve the collaboration and share tackling issues impacting the education sector. 


This review sought to respond to provide an initial overview and categorisation of rigorous evidence in 117 meta-analyses – published in the year 2000 and onwards – focused on digital technologies and learning outcomes. 

The OpenDevEd worked in collaboration with EEF to create a categorisation approach to present these meta-analyses in a meaningful way to understand the key trends and gaps in the evidence. This aimed to provide a foundation for the EEF to base future funding rounds focused on digital technology synthesis work, as well as a basis for structuring a digital technology toolkit. 

Some key areas of evidence categorisations included: outcome measures, instructional domains, groups of students, moderating variables, hardware, software, pedagogical approaches and quality of research. 

The OpenDevEd team worked to produce:

  • A presentation summarising key takeaways from the evidence review. 
  • A categorised and usable digital technology evidence library – link here
  • A research brief outlining the methodological approach and findings.


Digital Technology Evidence Library