A new EI publication emphasises the role of research in shaping policy and provides guidelines on how teachers’ unions can take a serious approach to it.Research plays a vital role in supporting ideas and opinions to inform public policy. It is no longer the domain of academics alone. Released at the EI Congress in July, ‘Research Matters: Research as a Union Tool to Improve Educational Policy’ advises on how to initiate and use research to promote unions’ political goals. It also gives concrete examples of unions – in South Africa, India, Sweden, Argentina and Tanzania – who have seen their research leave a significant imprint on policy in these countries. To download a copy of the booklet, please click here http://www.ei-ie.org/efaids/en/documentation_ei.php.