SPARK launch event

Wednesday 12th of February 2014
Nesta, 1 Plough Place, London, EC4A 1DE 2:00pm - 5:00pm

This was the first information session on social policy experimentation- the practice of testing new ideas and policies and collecting evidence about the real impact of measures on people. This event also launched the new European-based network for Social Policy Analysis for Robust Knowledge (SPARK).


The event covered:

  • The benefits of social policy experimentation
  • Measuring impact: Randomised Control Trials
  • Social policy experimentation best practice in Europe
  • Follow up training and resources available from the European Commission
  • The benefits of joining SPARK


Find the agenda for the event here. You can view the slides from the event here.


This is part of a larger initiative from the EU Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion to promote the benefits of social policy experimentation throughout the EU. The project is managed by LSE Enterprise, the consulting arm of the London School of Economics, in partnership with J-PAL Europe and the Alliance for Useful Evidence.


    Speakers include

  • Hélène GiacobinoExecutive Director, J-PAL Europe
  • Dr Simona MilioAssociate Director, Social and Policy Cohesion Unit, LSE Enterprise
  • Jonathan BreckonHead, Alliance for Useful Evidence
  • Arnaud VaganaySenior Researcher, LSE Enterprise
  • Phil SoobenDeputy Chief Executive, ESRC
  • Simon FlemingtonChief Executive, LSE Enterprise