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Good evidence is the backbone of good scrutiny

Director of Local Accountability at the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS), Ed Hammond accompanies the launch of our latest collaborative publication with CfPS and SOLACE 'Using evidence in scrutiny: A practice guide for local government scrutiny', with a blog connecting the role of evidence to scrutiny.

Why does evidence matter? Because it transforms ambition into action

Ahead of the Early Intervention Foundation's annual national conference in May 2017, Director of Evidence, Tom McBride tells us why evidence matters at a time of rising demand in public services, managing smaller budgets, and the need to understand what works becomes ever more critical.

Commissioning Possible?

Most policy organisations argue that evidence should underpin commissioning practice and many commissioners are tuned into the debate. In this blog, Sean Whelan, Realising Ambition Programme Manager at Catch 22, explores learning from the Realising Ambition programme which has assessed the role that evidence has played from the supply-side perspective as delivery organisations have engaged commissioners with their well-evidenced, preventative services.

Eight ideas for how we can respond to the world of Trexit

In his latest blog Alliance Director, Jonathan Breckon lays the land in a darker, more complex 'post-truth' era of heightened distrust between 'experts' and the public. Arguing that 'Business As Usual' is not an option, he proposes 8 approaches to redressing this balance.

Top 10 Resources on the Use of Evidence

Keeping up to date with new reports and papers on using evidence and data can be overwhelming, and difficult to say the least, but a pre-requisite for understanding the latest trends, methods, and discussion in the evidence world. In his latest blog, Alliance for Useful Evidence Northern Ireland Lead Peter O'Neil offers his top ten guide on useful resources for effective evidence use.

The Scottish Approach to Evidence: partnership and participation

Alliance for Useful Evidence Scottish Lead, and co-author of new report with the Carnegie UK Trust 'The Scottish Approach to Evidence' Pippa Coutts, makes the case for different evidence types to reflect the increasing complexity of our public services and the shift towards more integrated and participative approaches. In her latest blog, she lays out five key steps to enable that shift and urges evidence champions and opinion leaders to help further the evidence agenda.

Where’s your evidence? Supporting the information agenda in Welsh Local Government

Championing the campaign for evidence in policy-making is an old battle says Christine Boston, Corporate Policy Manager at Cardiff Council, but one we must continue to fight in order to deliver long term social outcomes. In this blog, she highlights some of the progress that has been made in the Welsh context to move towards more cross-sector collaborative approaches, as well as the value of using new evidence frameworks via the Alliance for Useful Evidence Masterclasses.

Where’s the evidence: the challenges of NHS commissioning

Shrinking incentives to facilitate evidence-informed decision-making is posing a large threat to NHS Commissioning services says Sian Jones, Primary Care Programme Lead at West of England Academic Health Science Network, and Alison Turner, Head of Strategy, Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit. In this blog they discuss the complexity of commissioning and commissioners , and the variability of other evidence and data forms that are often favored over research evidence.

How to make evidence an essential part of decision-making

Alliance for Useful Evidence Scottish Lead, Pippa Coutts says evidence has a critical role to play in policy and practice decision-making. In her latest blog, published by the NSPCC, she usefully scopes the challenges and opportunities for increasing evidence use, and helpfully offers up practical tools, tips, and tricks for stimulating the use and demand of evidence more effectively.

Key Learnings from Evidence Works 2016: A Global Forum for Government

Results for All Executive Director, Karen Anderson and Programme Director, Abeba Taddese, effectively summarise the key takeaways from our recently launched summary report; Evidence Works 2016: A Global Forum for Government. The key arguments within the report highlight the need for diversity of evidence for government decision-making, independence of evidence production, building demand among politicians whilst encouraging broader public support for evidence, the challenges of talking about and presenting evidence, as well as working towards a global collaboration of evidence advocates.

Alliance for Useful Evidence and Results for All release new report; Evidence Works 2016: A Global Forum for Government

A collaboration between the Alliance for Useful Evidence and Results for All, an initiative of Results for America has produced a new report that shares interesting ideas and potential solutions from national governments across the globe to promoting the use of evidence and data in policymaking. This follows on from our highly successful Evidence Works 2016: A Global Forum for Government event in September 2016.

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