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Behind the headlines: just how transparent is policymaking?

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.

Benchmarking Government Transparency

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.

Reflections from Evidence Works 2016…

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.

Linking budgeting and results in the Philippines

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.

My Experience Working on Evidence-Informed Policymaking in Kenya

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.

What’s wrong with theories of change?

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.

Reflections on Brexit and the evidence ecosystem

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.

Evidence is a journey. Should it lead to proving or improving?

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.

After the EU Referendum – What next for UK social science?

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.

Reality check: evidence-informed policymaking in resource constrained settings

Programme Manager for Evidence-Informed Policy Making at INASP, Emily Hayter highlights some fundamental challenges faced by African policymakers when it comes to using research, based on the experiences of participants in the VakaYiko programme. These must be addressed by those wishing to build capacity for civil servants and parliamentarians in these countries to make better use of research - which a new INASP toolkit seeks to do.

Deepening interactions between academia and the third sector

Jenny Brotchie, Carnegie UK Trust Policy Officer, argues that to increase the impact of research we need practical actions to link academia and the third sector. In this blog she makes the case for more cross-sector collaboration and behaviour change, in order to better connect academic evidence and research to practice 'on the ground' in the third sector.

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