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Leaders of medical, teaching and policing professions pledge to put evidence at the heart of their institutions

Jonathan Shepherd is the writer of the Evidence Declaration, which was publicly signed and published on the 7th November at the Royal Society by leaders of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the College of Policing and the Chartered College of Teaching. He is a Professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at Cardiff University and fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. Read Professor Shepherd’s speech to the heads of professional bodies from this historic occasion.

Evidence Intermediary Case Study: Project Oracle

A case study on Project Oracle, a London-based evidence intermediary supporting the production and use of evaluation evidence, to promote the implementation of effective services for children and young people.

Learning from the What Works Network

At the end of October, the Alliance and the Cabinet Office hosted an open day for existing What Works Centres and people and organisations interested in setting up an evidence intermediary, to learn from each other. This blog highlights some of the key messages from the day around what makes an evidence intermediary effective.

Developing the new What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care

At the National Children and Adult Services conference in Bournemouth on the 12th of October, 2017, the Minister for Children and Families announced the Government’s commissioning of a consortium to develop and incubate a new What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care.  We’re delighted that Nesta and the Alliance for Useful Evidence will be leading the consortium, with support from the Social Care Institute for Excellence, FutureGov and Traversum.

Four ideas to tackle ‘fake news’

Ahead of our 'Post-Truth': what is it and what can we do about it?' event in Wales, in partnership with the Royal Statistical Society, panel speaker, Professor Leighton Andrews offers up some interesting ideas around how we tackle the beast that is 'fake news' in a fast-moving technological age.

Is there is a question about our demand for evidence and strategy in politics?

Political and cultural blogger, Alan Meban delivers his reflections from an Alliance hosted debate asking: How can government make the best use of evidence? In this blog he shares an interesting mix of personal observations and insights from both within and outside of government on the interface between analysts, academia, and policy.

Promoting experimentation in government – learning from Canada’s experience

In the lead up to the Innovation Growth Lab's annual conference in June, Nesta's Giulio Quaggiotto and Shatha Alhashmi at the UAE Prime Ministers Office are keen to shine a light on Canada's commitment to experimental government. In their joint blog, they capture some of the interesting insights and lessons 'from the trenches' of Canadian government officials, that are proving to be pertinent across the globe for other governments interested in policy experimentation.

After the election, how can Government make the best use of evidence?

Post general election results, Alliance for Useful Evidence Northern Ireland Manager Peter O'Neil asks a key question of how government can challenge themselves to make the best use of evidence to ensure effective policy-making. In this blog, he highlights the work of the Alliance in promoting this agenda, and makes a strong case for the development of a Northern Ireland What Works Centre.

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.

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