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A professional probation workforce – the role for the Probation Institute

Current reforms to the probation services will see the creation of two communities of probation workers. The new Probation Institute, writes Savas Hadjipavlou, Director and Interim Chief Executive of the Probation Institute, will act as a centre of excellence and offer the leadership needed to help strengthen the profession.

Believe in evidence? Then support demand

Portraying decision makers as mindless consumers does them a disservice and fails to drive a cultural change in evidence use writes Kirsty Newman, Head of the Evidence into Action Team at the UK Department of International Development. Effective demand is shaped by capacity, incentives and systems and, argues Newman, by focusing on these three factors suppliers of evidence can influence how their evidence is understood and used.

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