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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.

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 your evidence? Supporting the information agenda in Welsh Local Government

Championing the campaign for evidence in policy-making is an old battle says Christine Boston, Corporate Policy Manager at Cardiff Council, but one we must continue to fight in order to deliver long term social outcomes. In this blog, she highlights some of the progress that has been made in the Welsh context to move towards more cross-sector collaborative approaches, as well as the value of using new evidence frameworks via the Alliance for Useful Evidence Masterclasses.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Where is the really useful evidence?

In this guest blog, Jackie Killeen, the Scotland Director of the Big Lottery Fund, discusses the value of both finding and utilising evidence to inform organisation priorities and funding.

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