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.
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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.
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, Alice Casey from the Innovation Lab at Nesta, explores that in the grant-making world huge volume of information remain locked away in a closed, two-way relationship between funder and applicant instead of creating wider benefit by being shared more widely and argues for an open dashboard of public resources to aggregate data across the sector.