The current anti-Randomised Controlled Trials bandwagon is neither helpful nor accurate, explains Toby Blume, Co-Founder of Behaviour change agency, the Social Engine. In this candid blog, he acknowledges the on-going and highly publicised criticism of RCTs, and presents a compelling case for how RCTs significantly enhance current evaluation practice within a context of increasingly complex social challenges which require effective interventions, and without needing to be overly complicated, exclusive, or costly.
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Dr Alex Freeman, new Executive Director of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication at Cambridge talks about the need for evidence in a 'post-truth' society. In her blog, she explains the centre's objectives to champion the principles of presenting fair and balanced evidence and known facts, through research, reviews of evidence, and collaboration with others, in order to help people make better personal and societal decisions.
Jen Gold, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Government writes a response piece to the launch of the Evidence Transparency Framework developed by Sense about Science, the Institute for Government, and the Alliance for Useful Evidence. In this blog she discusses the practical ways in which such frameworks can support government transparency, and shares her five top tips to achieving this.
In partnership with Sense about Science and the Institute for Government, the Alliance for Useful Evidence has supported the development of an Evidence Transparency Framework that asks if government is transparent about its use of evidence.
Chairman of the Australian Productivity Commission, and Evidence Works 2016 delegate, Peter Harris shares his reflections from participating at this global forum. In this short blog, he also talks about the Productivity Commission's long experience of advocating the use of data and analysis for policymakers and the public, in engaging ways that shape public policy.
Director of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Bureau in the Philippines Department of Budget and Management, and .Evidence Works 2016 delegate Tessie C. Gregorio shares the Philippines' journey towards results-based budgeting. In this blog, she discusses the ways in which performance-informed budgets (PIBs) has encouraged more responsible, accountable behaviours within financial agencies, but also explains some of the key challenges the Philippines has addressed in order to improve government outcomes.
In the first in a series of guest blogs from Evidence Works 2016 delegates, Hon. Susan Musyoka shares some of the challenges faced by the Parliamentary Caucus on Evidence-Informed Decision-Making which she chairs, and the strategies being used to overcome them. In this blog, she also highlights the good work of the Caucus that includes delivering sensitization workshops on evidence use for MPs, holding open policy 'cafes', capacity-building endeavours, and broadening access to research and information.
Images from our two-day international forum for government, 'Evidence Works 2016: A Global Forum for Government.'
Chief Executive of Nesta, Geoff Mulgan questions the popularity of the term 'theory of change' and suggests that it can encourage too simplistic an understanding of why change occurs. In this blog, he scrutinises and deconstructs the terminology, and argues for a greater focus on the concept itself, ensuring that 'theories of change' reflect the levels of social challenges and complexities, and allow for crucial learning and adaptation.
Alliance for Useful Evidence Wales Lead, Helen Cunningham offers a round up of Brexit blogs and reflections on implications for the evidence ecosystem. She also offers her own analysis of post-Brexit shifts in British politics and society; highlighting the need to question inconvenient truths about underlying frustrations across the country, and dwindling trust in politics.
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, Strategic Director for Catch 22. In this blog, she uses the example of their Realising Ambition programme, which helps young people to avoid pathways to demonstrate the messiness of evidence use, as well as its invaluable ability to support service delivery refinement and adaptation.
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. In this blog, they discuss some of the practical and more direct implications for UK Social Sciences funding, attracting international talent, job creation, and forging global collaborations.