The Alliance for Useful Evidence champions the use of evidence in social policy and practice.
We are an open–access network of more than 2,000 individuals from across government, universities, charities, business and local authorities in the UK and internationally.
New publication: 'Knowing How To Protect: Using Research Evidence To Prevent Harm To Children' outlines some ways forward to improve evidence use in child protection. The sad reality is that abuse and neglect of children is not in decline. Much has been written about the need to rethink services and ensure that limited resources achieve the best possible outcomes for our most vulnerable children and families. This report argues that the perceived tension between using evidence to inform practice and professional judgement is misplaced and outdated. It advocates for a move toward ‘Structured Professional Judgement’, in which professional decision-making is supported by research-based standardised tools.
Evidence Exchange Podcast: Cross UK Conversations about Alcohol: Making a Difference to Alcohol-related Harm. One of Evidence Exchange's themes is the role of evidence in developing policy and interventions that reduce people’s risk of alcohol related harm, such as ABIs - Alcohol Brief Interventions. ABIs are structured conversations or other interventions (e.g. online) designed to support people to reduce their alcohol intake. Dr Niamh Fitzgerald is an experienced ABI researcher and trainer across the UK. In this podcast, Niamh discusses what is known about ABIs, how and where they work; her recent research on delivery of ABIs outside of primary healthcare, and pointers for practitioners. There will be more learning and discussion on this topic in the Evidence Exchange webinar on 26 May 2015.
Developing and Delivering Interventions that Tackle Harmful Drinking
Tuesday 26th of May 2015 Webinar 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Fostering more experimental government?
Tuesday 5th of May 2015 Institute for Government
Better Public Services Through Experimental Government, March 2015
How do we know, in advance, that a social policy will work? Often the honest answer is we don’t because, unlike other areas where experimentation is gaining currency, in social policy, we don’t test things out.
From the blog
A brief guide to UK social policy databases
Finding your evidence by Wikipedia or Googling can be a dangerous business. Better to use tried-and-tested databases. Below is a review of the main UK social policy databases by Rebecca Riley at the Idox Information Service (full disclosure: Idox plc is a commercial body overseeing most of these databases) covering academic papers and ‘grey literature’ of think-tank, charity and government reports.
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