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.
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Sir Michael Barber makes the case for evidence-informed, rather than evidence-based, decision making in the development of education policy.
An open invitation has gone out for comments on the 'strength' of the Department for Education's evidence. Jonathan Breckon, Head of the Alliance for Useful Evidence, explores how the 'strength' of evidence can be judged and how you can submit your response - as an individual or by contributing to the Alliance's. Deadline for online submissions to the Department: 12th Dec 2014.
Adrian Bethune argues that the happiness and well-being of our children should be the main aim and purpose of our education system and a What Works Centre for well-being will lead the way - gathering the evidence that boosting a child's well-being often boosts their academic performance too. He asks: will you get on board too or risk being left behind?
In the guest blog by Sue Littlemore, a founding patron of the Education Media Centre, explores the potential value that academics and journalists could gain by engaging with each other's field.
Jo Casebourne discusses the role of the Alliance for Useful Evidence as an honest broker, aiming to raise the quality of both the supply and demand for evidence, and advance the campaign to make this process transparent.