Our efficacy process

In 2013, we made a commitment to put the learner at the heart of Pearson’s strategy and to improve outcomes for learners. We are honoring this commitment by

  1. identifying the outcomes that matter most to learners and educators,
  2. designing products based on evidence of what works to improve outcomes,
  3. evaluating using exploratory and rigorous confirmatory efficacy studies,
  4. and continuously improving.

One part of our commitment was to be open and transparent by publishing audited research on the impact of our products on learner outcomes. In April 2018, Pearson published our first set of externally audited and independently reviewed reports. We were the first education company in the world to do so. We now publish these reports annually.

Each year we add new product reports and incorporate new evidence into existing reports.

Regularly reporting on the efficacy of our products allows us to

  • illustrate the relationship between the use of our existing products and the outcomes that matter most to students and educators,
  • share the evidence underpinning the design and development of existing and new products,
  • galvanize other learning companies to follow our example.

The research studies we have conducted for our audited efficacy reports (and the efficacy statements produced as a result) are designed based on academic best practices—including practices established by the American Education Research Association and the What Works Clearinghouse.

We know we can’t do improve learner outcomes alone. We partner with educators, researchers, and others to foster a community that is committed to improving outcomes by applying and generating evidence about what works in terms of learning.

At all times, we keep our focus on helping more learners learn more.