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Why does evidence matter? Because it transforms ambition into action

Ahead of the Early Intervention Foundation's annual national conference in May 2017, Director of Evidence, Tom McBride tells us why evidence matters at a time of rising demand in public services, managing smaller budgets, and the need to understand what works becomes ever more critical.

Eight ideas for how we can respond to the world of Trexit

In his latest blog Alliance Director, Jonathan Breckon lays the land in a darker, more complex 'post-truth' era of heightened distrust between 'experts' and the public. Arguing that 'Business As Usual' is not an option, he proposes 8 approaches to redressing this balance.

Top 10 Resources on the Use of Evidence

Keeping up to date with new reports and papers on using evidence and data can be overwhelming, and difficult to say the least, but a pre-requisite for understanding the latest trends, methods, and discussion in the evidence world. In his latest blog, Alliance for Useful Evidence Northern Ireland Lead Peter O'Neil offers his top ten guide on useful resources for effective evidence use.

The Scottish Approach to Evidence: partnership and participation

Alliance for Useful Evidence Scottish Lead, and co-author of new report with the Carnegie UK Trust 'The Scottish Approach to Evidence' Pippa Coutts, makes the case for different evidence types to reflect the increasing complexity of our public services and the shift towards more integrated and participative approaches. In her latest blog, she lays out five key steps to enable that shift and urges evidence champions and opinion leaders to help further the evidence agenda.

How to make evidence an essential part of decision-making

Alliance for Useful Evidence Scottish Lead, Pippa Coutts says evidence has a critical role to play in policy and practice decision-making. In her latest blog, published by the NSPCC, she usefully scopes the challenges and opportunities for increasing evidence use, and helpfully offers up practical tools, tips, and tricks for stimulating the use and demand of evidence more effectively.

Key Learnings from Evidence Works 2016: A Global Forum for Government

Results for All Executive Director, Karen Anderson and Programme Director, Abeba Taddese, effectively summarise the key takeaways from our recently launched summary report; Evidence Works 2016: A Global Forum for Government. The key arguments within the report highlight the need for diversity of evidence for government decision-making, independence of evidence production, building demand among politicians whilst encouraging broader public support for evidence, the challenges of talking about and presenting evidence, as well as working towards a global collaboration of evidence advocates.

Alliance for Useful Evidence and Results for All release new report; Evidence Works 2016: A Global Forum for Government

A collaboration between the Alliance for Useful Evidence and Results for All, an initiative of Results for America has produced a new report that shares interesting ideas and potential solutions from national governments across the globe to promoting the use of evidence and data in policymaking. This follows on from our highly successful Evidence Works 2016: A Global Forum for Government event in September 2016.

When did it become trendy to start slating randomised controlled trials?

The current anti-Randomised Controlled Trials bandwagon is neither helpful nor accurate, explains Toby Blume, Co-Founder of Behaviour change agency, the Social Engine. In this candid blog, he acknowledges the on-going and highly publicised criticism of RCTs, and presents a compelling case for how RCTs significantly enhance current evaluation practice within a context of increasingly complex social challenges which require effective interventions, and without needing to be overly complicated, exclusive, or costly.

A new Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication to tackle the ‘post-truth’ society

Dr Alex Freeman, new Executive Director of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication at Cambridge talks about the need for evidence in a 'post-truth' society. In her blog, she explains the centre's objectives to champion the principles of presenting fair and balanced evidence and known facts, through research, reviews of evidence, and collaboration with others, in order to help people make better personal and societal decisions.

Behind the headlines: just how transparent is policymaking?

Jen Gold, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Government writes a response piece to the launch of the Evidence Transparency Framework developed by Sense about Science, the Institute for Government, and the Alliance for Useful Evidence. In this blog she discusses the practical ways in which such frameworks can support government transparency, and shares her five top tips to achieving this.

Benchmarking Government Transparency

In partnership with Sense about Science and the Institute for Government, the Alliance for Useful Evidence has supported the development of an Evidence Transparency Framework that asks if government is transparent about its use of evidence.

Reflections from Evidence Works 2016…

Chairman of the Australian Productivity Commission, and Evidence Works 2016 delegate, Peter Harris shares his reflections from participating at this global forum. In this short blog, he also talks about the Productivity Commission's long experience of advocating the use of data and analysis for policymakers and the public, in engaging ways that shape public policy.

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