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7 myths about systematic reviews and why we need to move on

Systematic reviews provide a way of finding out everything we know and don't and prove mainstream in medical and health research, but common myths are preventing greater uptake of the process. Jonathan Breckon and David Gough debunk these myths in light of the new Alliance publication 'Learning from Research'.

Hard Evidence: do supermarket checkouts make kids obese?

With childhood obesity rates increasing every year, Susan Bailey investigates the Junk Free Checkouts Campaign to see if unhealthy foods strategically placed at eye-level impact on unhealthy eating habits.

Hard Evidence: how much is your data worth to you?

As more and more of our lives are conducted online, data security becomes an ever increasing issue. Anya Skatova researches in this week's Hard Evidence piece how willing participants were to pay for data security with online banking, energy bills and loyalty card information.

Social science and replication

The hesitation to reproduce and replicate datasets inhibits clarity and can obscure research results. Alex Sutherland and Nicole Janz argue for a cultural shift to demand more replication of results which can help policymakers and academics alike to bring greater legitimacy and relevance to research.

The time is ripe for evidence

Rebecca Kilburn and Michael Frearson from RAND consider in this guest blog how the European Commission is exploring child well-being, particularly through evidence-based policy and the new European Platform for Investing in Children.

Hard Evidence: what sort of people are absent fathers?

There are more children living apart from a parent than ever before, ONS figures show that the number of single parent families increased from 8% in 1971 to 26% in 2011 with estimations that 97% of single parents are mothers. Eloise Poole examines who are these non-resident fathers in this week's Hard Evidence piece.

Hard Evidence: does prison really work?

In front of British courts last year were 148,000 people who had 15 or more previous convictions, according to government figures. Ian Cummins scrutinises these reports and the question if prisons really work.

Clearing the Air

In this guest blog by Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive of ASH Scotland, she examines the arguments and evidence presented in 2006 for and against the smoke-free legislation introduced in Scotland and what we can learn from this ahead of the debate on standardised packaging.

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