Geoff Mulgan (Nesta) questions the popularity of the term 'theory of change' and suggests that it can encourage too simplistic an understanding of why change occurs.
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A round up of Brexit blogs and reflections on implications for the evidence ecosystem
If you view gathering evidence as simply a means of demonstrating outcomes, you're missing a trick. It's most valuable when part of a journey of iterative improvement, writes Frances Flaxington (Catch 22).
How will Britain's departure from the EU affect our social sciences, ask Ashley Lenihan and Sharon Witherspoon from the Academy of Social Sciences and its Campaign for Social Science.
Emily Hayter (INASP) highlights some fundamental challenges faced by African policymakers when it comes to using research, based on the experiences of participants in the VakaYiko programme. These must be addressed by those wishing to build capacity for civil servants and parliamentarians in these countries to make better use of research - which a new INASP toolkit seeks to do.
Jenny Brotchie, Carnegie UK Trust Policy Officer, argues that to increase the impact of research we need practical actions to link academia and the third sector.
A new NPC evidence review highlights the value of the voluntary and community sector to the health and care system. But the evidence alone won't be enough to ensure that these important services continue to reach everyone who needs them, writes Charlotte Augst (Richmond Group of Charities).
The ONS is piloting the use of new data sources such as social media in the census, writes Jason Leavey. But don't expect changes to be implemented anytime soon.
Martin Smith (Specialist, House of Commons Science and Technology Committee) invites you to check the evidence behind three new policy areas announced today.
Dr Kathryn Oliver (University of Oxford) argues that we need a clearer understanding of who is already influencing policy, and how, if we want to increase the role of academic evidence in policymaking.
Howard White (Campbell Collaboration) examines whether DRIVE, an Intimate Partner Violence programme being piloted in the UK, will be conducted in a way that will generate useful and much-needed evidence.
On 8 March 2016 the Alliance for Useful Evidence hosted a discussion on the politics of evidence-based policy making, to coincide with the launch of Professor Paul Cairney's book. Here Paul argues that when presenting evidence to policymakers, you must engage with the policy process that exists, not the process you wish existed