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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Catch up on our Evidence Works 2016 Global Forum, by watching some of the short videos here. We will be adding more videos in the coming weeks, so please visit the website to hear diverse views from our delegates.
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.
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.