Yesterday Nesta published the independent evaluation of Project Oracle. It shows that Project Oracle is a much needed initiative, helping to grow the evidence behind youth services, and then helping link this into the funding and commissioning process.
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A dearth of clear, relevant and reliable research evidence continue to block the use of research, according to a study of 145 research papers on evidence use. Difficulty finding and accessing this research, is also a major problem according to the authors of the review: Kathryn Oliver, Simon Innvær, Theo Lorenc, Jenny Woodman, and James Thomas.
Phil Bradburn, an Audit Manager at the National Audit Office, suggests four recommendations to encourage greater uptake of evaluation within government based on the NAO report published in December 2013.
Julie Nelson, Research Director at the National Foundation for Educational Research, explains some practical ideas to increase both the supply and demand of evidence used in the classroom.