• The absence of senior social scientists

    9 October, 2012
      Guest blog by Stephen Anderson, Director of the Campaign for Social Science, discusses why the post of Chief Social Science Advisor should be reinstated. Imagine the outcry there would be if the government announced that...
  • Researchers on top and their useless evidence

    20 September, 2012
      Guest blog from Claire Lightowler, programme manager of Evidence-informed practice (EiP) at IRISS, discusses research practice. At an event today about community empowerment in Scotland someone approached me to discuss his less than empowering experience...
  • Does evaluation have any impact on policy?

    31 August, 2012
      Ceri J. Philips, Professor of Health Economics at Swansea University, discusses his new book, co-authored with Colin Palfrey and Paul Thomas, which reviews the value of evaluation to policy and practice.  It comes at a...
  • Playground antics

    17 August, 2012
      Michael Gove’s decision to overturn internal advice of the School Playing Fields Advisory board has once again brought to light the difficulties politicians can have with advisory boards, writes Jo Casebourne. Politicians often have to...
  • Increasing evidence demand

    4 November, 2011
      Following last week’s announcement of the Alliance for Useful Evidence, Professor Jonathan Shepherd writes a guest blog on how increasing the demand for rigorous evidence will involve capitalising on the instinct of all decision makers....
  • Day 9: evidence in the real world

    20 October, 2011
      “You say “evidence”. Well, there may be evidence. But evidence, you know, can generally be taken two ways” – Dostoevsky, Crime & Punishment, 1866 The blogs over the past two weeks have demonstrated that embedding...
  • Day 7: making the debate relevant

    18 October, 2011
      Not everybody thinks that evidence is the most important thing in the world. But most would recognise that knowing whether a programme of intervention is going to be harmful to them, their family or friends,...