In this blog, co-Directors of Affinity Health at Work, Emma Donaldson-Feilder, Jo Yarker, and Rachel Lewis introduce the Affinity work health and wellbeing hub as a new online resource that aims to offer access to a repository of tools and evidence in the fight against work place health and wellbeing.
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Most policy organisations argue that evidence should underpin commissioning practice and many commissioners are tuned into the debate. In this blog, Sean Whelan, Realising Ambition Programme Manager at Catch 22, explores learning from the Realising Ambition programme which has assessed the role that evidence has played from the supply-side perspective as delivery organisations have engaged commissioners with their well-evidenced, preventative services.
Shrinking incentives to facilitate evidence-informed decision-making is posing a large threat to NHS Commissioning services says Sian Jones, Primary Care Programme Lead at West of England Academic Health Science Network, and Alison Turner, Head of Strategy, Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit. In this blog they discuss the complexity of commissioning and commissioners , and the variability of other evidence and data forms that are often favored over research evidence.
Catch up on our Evidence Works 2016 Global Forum, by watching some of the short videos here. We will be adding more videos in the coming weeks, so please visit the website to hear diverse views from our delegates.
Jonathan Breckon (Head of the Alliance for Useful Evidence) shares 6 simple ways to make your professional training course more effective - based on the evidence.
Policy makers and commissioners alike want to identify best evidence. The argument goes that the application of empirical evidence should promote better policies, improved services and the more efficient use of resources, but it has often been difficult to harness the ‘right’ evidence. This is true of social work as of other policy areas, writes Dr Mary Baginsky.
Evaluating a complex community initiative like Well London is always going to be a challenge. A What Works Centre for well-being would, Alison Pearce argues, help organisations to network and share information – getting evidence out of the literature and on to the front line.
Our clients have complex lives and well-being can be both a driver for, and a consequence of the problems clients come to see us about. Understanding how far our services can measure and potentially improve well-being is vital. Evidence, argues Tamsin Shuker, will allow us to understand the needs of our clients, to determine what interventions are most effective in affecting well-being, and demonstrate the value of those interventions to funders (to ensure we can continue to provide them).
In this guest blog Professor Jonathan Shepherd explores how increasing public and third sector investment in crime and justice and education research will increase economic growth.
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.
In this guest blog, Professor Huw Davies from the University of St. Andrews, asks what counts as good (enough) evidence?
In this guest blog, our colleague Ruth Puttick introduces Nesta's Standards of Evidence for Impact Investing, new approach which is designed to help ensure that the social ventures Nesta funds make a positive difference.