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We work to give every child the evidence-based education they need to thrive

What we do
How we work
How we learn
What we do
How we work
How we learn
What we do
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What we do

Our work is dedicated to giving every child a quality education. We believe this can only be achieved if education policy and practice are supported by evidence of what works best for children.

We therefore invest in the world’s premier research to discover how children learn, promote the use of evidence by schools and EdTech, and support countries to shape and implement education policies based on evidence.

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A group of children playing on grass

How we work

Our support goes beyond simply making funding available. We are an active and engaged funder and seek to apply our knowledge and competences in all our work.

We work with leading researchers, school practitioners, EdTech companies, investors, and education policymakers to catalyze new research, financing mechanisms, and policy collaborations that would not otherwise be possible.

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How we learn

Our learning and evaluation approach is designed to empower us to make better decisions and work more effectively so that more children can experience quality education.

We want to learn rapidly and iteratively so we can provide support in areas that show the greatest promise for long-lasting, systemic impact. We share our learning openly, to enable its widest possible application and to achieve long-lasting impact for education systems around the world.

Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prizes finalists

The ten finalists have been announced for the Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prizes – which acknowledge institutions or individuals who are working to implement evidence-based solutions to improve child development and learning in practice.

News and insights

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Research Agenda

We know that children vary day-to-day in their skills and behaviors, that they differ from their peers, and learn in different environments with different tools and technology. It’s what we call learning variability.

However, research has not yet fully established the science of this variability, or how best to address it in different educational settings. By increasing our understanding of variability, we can better support policymakers and educators, helping them base decisions on evidence that will tailor learning to individual children and improve learning outcomes for every child.

Latest from BOLD

BOLD is a multimedia platform that explores the latest scientific insights into how children and young people develop and learn. 

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Digital Museum of Learning

Our new digital museum offers interactive content and playful quizzes for kids of all ages. Become a partner or dive into fun, bite-sized information and learning resources to boost your classroom experience. 

Partner with us

We work with a network of partners to seek innovative ways to promote children’s learning and development.

Reports and studies

Annual Report 2023

2023 was the year that we leaned into learning. In the face of global crises and new technological frontiers, we redoubled our efforts to provide every child with a quality education based on the best scientific knowledge and evidence.

Policy labs and evidence use in education

The Jacobs Foundation, alongside On Think Tanks (OTT), have released an evidence review on the efficacy of Education Evidence Labs (EdLabs).

Annual Report 2022

From Minds to Ministries: Our 2022 Annual Report – providing an overview of milestones achieved over the past year, our Strategy 2030, and Research Agenda.

Implement at Scale

This paper introduces a research agenda on the implementation of education innovations in primary and secondary schools around the world.