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.

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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argues that the perceived tension between using evidence to inform practice and professional judgement is misplaced and outdated.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.

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Friday 3rd of July 2015

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