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Good evidence is the backbone of good scrutiny

Director of Local Accountability at the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS), Ed Hammond accompanies the launch of our latest collaborative publication with CfPS and SOLACE 'Using evidence in scrutiny: A practice guide for local government scrutiny', with a blog connecting the role of evidence to scrutiny.

Commissioning Possible?

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.

Where’s the evidence: the challenges of NHS commissioning

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.

New Evidence Works 2016 Video Highlights

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.

Evidence in social work: the unfinished and flawed agenda

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.

5. A What Works Centre for Well-being: why does Citizens Advice need to know what works?

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).

How evidence can help the UK’s economic growth

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.

Flying kites for evidence

In this guest blog, Professor Huw Davies from the University of St. Andrews, asks what counts as good (enough) evidence?

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