Yozma - Center for Knowledge and Research in Education mission
Yozma strengthens a culture in which the
use of scientific knowledge is part of the process of policy-making and as
such, enhances the education system’s ability to cope with the challenges it
faces and to improve educational attainments in Israel.
research questions derived from decision-makers’ agendas encourages education
scholars, in collaboration with scholars from other knowledge areas, to create
knowledge useful to education stakeholders.
in the field of education, from teachers to the Ministry of Education
administration, derive benefit from consensual, up-to-date and
critically-appraised knowledge, while at the same time contributing to the
development of such knowledge from their own professional experience.
Strategy: Yozma operates according to three mutually-reinforcing main strategies:
discourse in motion and stimulating interest around fundamental and
contemporary issues in a manner that brings together researchers,
decision-makers and practitioners.
knowledge in an ongoing process, its conceptualization and translation to meet
the needs of decision-makers in the education system.
and disseminating knowledge to diverse audiences in the education
Avenues of activity: Yozma addresses topics found
on the agendas of decision-makers via three main avenues:
1. Expert committees which tackle complex challenges –
fundamental issues of ongoing concern to the education system and in which many
entities are involved, at times working in opposing directions, for example,
parent-teacher relations, professional development for teachers, and teaching
in a heterogenic society. The committee is comprised of 10 scholars from
diverse disciplines and roles who focus on different aspects of the topic being
studied. After approximately 30 months of work, the committee submits a complex
and up-to-date status report that includes conclusions and practical
2. Working groups established for the purpose of
developing a specific product required for setting policy or implementing it,
for example, an index, an assessment tool, or a seminar. These groups consist
of both Ministry of Education managerial and field staff as well as expert
scholars on the topic in question. In a process which generally continues for
8-15 months, the scholars present theoretical perspectives and research
findings which contribute to developing the desired product, and managerial and
field staff present the practical, integration perspective and point to
existing constraints. Thus, an implementable product is created from the
collaborative learning process.
to Support Policy-Planning - This avenue of activity is designed to provide
research-based answers to specific questions on topical issues that concern
policy planning at the Ministry of Education. An Yozma-affiliated
researcher manages the approximately three-month research endeavor, which is
accompanied by an academic advisory committee and an expert in the field. At
the end of the process, a clear and focused document is submitted to the
commissioning body, presenting a range of solutions being used around the world
with respect both to policy and principles of action. Research to Support
Policy-Planning activities are intended to instill the use of applied research
knowledge in the ongoing processes of decision-making.
Yozma’s steering committee
is appointed by the president of the Israel Academy of Sciences and is
responsible for Yozma’s work plans and for peer-review processes of
its output. Yozma publishes the products of its work and makes them
accessible to diverse target audiences in the education system and to the
public at large.
Yozma's history: Yozma was founded in 2003 as a joint venture of the Israel Academy of Sciences and
Humanities, the Ministry of Education and Yad Hanadiv. Since the beginning of
2010, Yozma has been operating as a unit of the Israel Academy. In
the summer of 2010, the Israeli Knesset amended the Israel Academy of Sciences
and Humanities Law and regulated the Israel Academy's advisory role vis-à-vis
government ministries seeking its services. yozma directs the
consulting activities on education-related issues provided by the Israel
Academy to the government and various authorities.
Yozma is part of an international network of
national academies of science that have chosen to engage in activities that
promote the education system through a combination of research-based learning
and previous experience (in the spirit of the NRC’s
Division of Education in the U.S.). In these countries,
as in Israel, they advance the systematic use of knowledge and scientific
evidence-based research by decision-makers, principals and teachers in the aim
of improving students’ educational achievements.