The Politics of Evidence Based Policy Making

Politics of EBPM 8 March 2016

Tuesday 8th of March 2016
Nesta, 1 Plough Place, London 4:00pm - 6:00pm

This panel debate, chaired by James Wilsdon, explored how to maximise the impact of evidence in government and the voluntary sector. The debate launched Paul Cairney's latest book; The Politics of Evidence Based Policy Making.  Paul has researched and published widely on how policy is made, and how researchers and producers of evidence can interact with, and impact, policy makers.

The event was attended by more than 60 people. Questions raised included:


  • It’s not a case of ‘build it and they will come’; how can we develop the demand for evidence by governments?
  • What do we mean by “high quality evidence”?  What sort of evidence is good enough?




    Speakers include

  • Paul Cairney, Professor of Politics and Public Policy, University of Stirling
  • Sarah Childs, Professor of Politics and Gender, University of Bristol
  • Dr Kathryn Oliver, Departmental Lecturer in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation, University of Oxford
  • Chair: James Wilsdon, Professor of Research Policy, Director of Impact & Engagement, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Sheffield