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What’s wrong with theories of change?

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.

Reality check: evidence-informed policymaking in resource constrained settings

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.

How can we build stronger partnerships in the health and care system?

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).

ONS looks to social media for census data

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.

The Human Factor: who makes policy and how?

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.

DRIVE: An opportunity to strengthen the evidence base

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.

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