The Alliance for Useful Evidence champions the use of evidence in social policy and practice.
We are an open–access network of more than 1,800 individuals from across government, universities, charities, business and local authorities in the UK and internationally.
The following two-part video was produced as a virtual keynote address for the Ontario Education Research Symposium, Canada (18-20 February, 2014). Sandra Nutley and Huw Davies were asked to talk about their provocation paper on 'What counts as good evidence?'
Lessons from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence for social policy and practice – a critical assessment
This roundtable will bring together NICE, Nesta, ESRC, BIG and other bodies interested in evidence-based policymaking to critically assess the ‘NICE model’ and its applicability to policymaking in non-health areas.
Tuesday 6th of May 2014 Nesta, 1 Plough Place, London, EC4A 1DE 12:00pm - 2:00pm
- Phil Sooben Deputy CEO, ESRC
- Professor David Haslam Chair of NICE
- Carole Willis Chief Executive, NfER and former Chief Scientist at DfE
SPARK session – Testing social policy innovation
Join us for the first information session, Bratislava, Slovakia, on exploring methods to test Social Policy Innovation. We will review the practice of testing new ideas and policies and collecting evidence about the real impact of measures on people. We will also launch a new European-based Network for Social Policy Analysis for Robust Knowledge (SPARK).
Monday 12th of May 2014 Park Inn Danube Hotel, Rybne nam. 1, 811 02 Bratislava, Slovakia 9:00am - 12:00pm
- Andrej Salner, Slovak Governance Institute
- Hélène Giacobino, Executive Director of J-PAL Europe
Evidence and well-being
This interactive and participatory conference explored the creation of a 'What Works Centre for Well-being'. This event aimed to explore how this Centre can be most useful for decision-makers and frontline practitioners.
Monday 31st of March 2014 Nesta, 1 Plough Place, London, EC4A 1DE
Learning from Research: Systematic reviews for informing policy decisions, December 2013
This guide describes the logic of a systematic review, mixed methods reviews, the main stages of undertaking a review and some of the key issues to consider during the process.
From the blog
Putting evidence at the heart of what we do
There remains a vast chasm between research and policy, partly because the 'wily policy fox' and the 'prickly research hedgehog' rarely work together from the start, according to Adrienne Skelton who leads on evidence at Macmillan Cancer Support. But there are some tips on how we might hit the ‘sweet spot’ between evidence and social policy design.
The creation of a new service to unlock research expertise – and you hold the key
A new evidence matchmaking service for politicians and researchers was launched this week. Dr Chris Chambers explains in this guest blog how the new initiative will connect the collective expertise of UK research professionals, with UK politicians and civil servants; in order to develop a UK Evidence Information Service, EIS.
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