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.
Call for case studies: Charities' use of research evidence. This autumn we will be publishing a handbook on the use of research evidence, designed with policy makers and practitioners in mind (ie those who use research but who are not research experts). We're looking for case studies of when, why and how charities have used research evidence and what the impact was for them. The best case studies will be included in the handbook. It's really easy to share your examples with us.
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argues that the perceived tension between using evidence to inform practice and professional judgement is misplaced and outdated.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 Webinar "What is Good Evidence?": Evidence Exchange continued its Cross UK Conversations with a webinar on "What is Good Evidence?" on September 1, 2015. The webinar featured presentations from Jonathan Breckon, Head of the Alliance for Useful Evidence; Stephen Bediako, Chief Executive of the Social Innovation Partnership; Brendan McDonnell, Inspiring Impact Northern Ireland and Steven Marwick, Chief Executive Evaluation Support Scotland. The presentations are now available on our blogs page.
Evidence Masterclass for charity leaders
Our first Evidence Masterclass for leaders of charities who want to become better users of research. Over the course of a highly interactive 1-day session participants will deepen their understanding of research evidence and be able to use it more confidently and effectively in the realistic context of managing a charity. Guided by your facilitators participants will work with senior peers to discover how evidence can inform difficult decisions on social policy and practice, and how you can inspire your charity to become a knowledge-based organisation.
Wednesday 30th of September 2015 Nesta 10:00am - 4:00pm
Scottish Evidence Masterclass for Charity Leaders
A masterclass organised with our partners ACOSVO and Evaluation Support Scotland for leaders of small and medium sized third sector organisations to help them use evidence to boost the effectiveness and impact of their organisation.
Tuesday 3rd of November 2015 Dunfermline 10:00am - 4:00pm
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
What Works in Northern Ireland?
It's surprising, given the relative absence of think tanks and research centres in Northern Ireland, that a local What Works Centre has not been set up to assist policy makers in this jurisdiction. Peter O’Neill argues that it is an opportune moment to look at establishing such a centre.
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