Best Research



This award acknowledges the contribution made by an individual or group of individuals to an area of research in support of e-assessment within a particular stakeholder community.

The stakeholder community could be local, regional, national or international and the award will recognise an outcome from the research that will either:

  1. show new insights into the design, development, promotion, execution or support of electronic assessment, or
  2. reinforce the benefits of existing approaches over potential alternatives.

This award seeks to recognise best practice in research as well as the impact on the stakeholder community.


Submissions will be judged according to how well they meet each of the criteria below (max 1000 words). We also request a brief overview, or executive summary for the judging panel (max 200 words). Please do not submit any additional information, such as links to websites; this information will not be considered in initial shortlisting. Each submission will be considered on individual merit.

  1. Is there a genuine need for this research? How important is this need to the stakeholder community?
  2. Does the research project encompass a recognised area of assessment that could be changed or reinforced by the outcome of the research findings? How will it achieve this?
  3. Does the research materially contribute to the research body of knowledge? To what extent can the research be said to address areas not previously investigated? Particular weight will be given to the demonstration of original thinking.
  4. Were the aims of the research identified clearly at the outset? What were they? Was there a clear hypothesis to prove or disprove?
  5. To what extent has the outcome of the research influenced improvements in the design, development, promotion or execution of e-assessments? Or has the research supported and even reinforced an existing approach?, i.e. where the research instead has perhaps laid a foundation for exploration for improvement elsewhere.
  6. What approach and good ethical practice was demonstrated by this research project? e.g. data security, confidentiality and privacy, conflicts of interest.
  7. In what way was the methodology chosen appropriate for this research project and its stakeholders? Where there any problems with your choice of methodology which you had to address, or conversely particular benefits derived from the methodology chosen?

Sponsored by ACER

"ACER is proud to continue our collaboration with the e-Assessment Awards and this year we will be sponsoring the Best Research Award 2019 - an award that recognises best practice in research as well as the impact made on the community.

Our mission at ACER has always been to create and promote research-based knowledge, products and services to improve learning. ACER believes that high-quality, innovative research is essential for the rapidly evolving educational environment and a major goal for ACER in educational research is to provide & promote a better understanding of the effectiveness and impact of educational research on learning.

ACER undertakes research and works directly with education systems in the UK and internationally to identify, implement and evaluate effective education reforms based on high level educational research. ACER places high value on producing high quality, innovative research to continuously improve learning.

ACER recognises the vital role that the e-Assessment Association has had and continues to have within the field of educational research and we look forward to discovering this year's winner."

Dr Desmond Bermingham – Chief Executive, Australian Council for Educational Research UK

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