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.
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Gracia McGrath, CEO of Chance UK, reflects on the early intervention charity's experience of running a randomised control trial, as part of the Realising Ambition programme.
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.
Systematic reviews provide a way of finding out everything we know and don't and prove mainstream in medical and health research, but common myths are preventing greater uptake of the process. Jonathan Breckon and David Gough debunk these myths in light of the new Alliance publication 'Learning from Research'.