The Alliance for Useful Evidence is committed to promoting useful evidence, and its use across the public, private and third sectors. As a part of its Evidence Exchange programme that champions knowledge sharing and learning across the UK, it organised a webinar to discuss the question: ‘What is Good Evidence?’
The webinar aimed to provide an overview of standards of evidence such as those used by Nesta, Project Oracle and the Scottish Government; and to discuss how decision-makers are using them and might develop them in the future.
Three presentations were given by guest speakers to share experiences of using evidence standards from England, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
- Stephen Bediako, Chief Executive of The Social Innovation Partnership, talked about their experience of Project Oracle Children & Youth Evidence Hub and supporting youth agencies to move up through steps in the standards of evidence. You can view Stephen’s presentation on what standards of evidence are, and how they have been useful to increase the impact of youth services.
Project Oracle presentation
- Brendan McDonnell, Director of Inspiring Impact NI, talked about changing systems in Northern Ireland to increase services’ focus on outcomes and better align them with evidence standards that state as starting point you need to develop a theory of change.
Inspiring Impact NI presentation
- Steven Marwick, Director of Evaluation Support Scotland, brought the audience up to date on the development of outcomes monitoring, particularly in the third sector, and evidence standards in Scotland.
Evaluation Support Scotland presentation
Over forty people attended the webinar and some discussion was begun, for example around how third sector organisation can use standards more rigorously and more often when it seems funders seldom want to pay for that development; and how to integrate the view of service users and individuals when gathering evidence given the importance of their views but also sometimes a tendency for people to like interventions which have no evidence base.
If you’d like to join in with these discussions and developments, please contact the Alliance for Useful Evidence: [email protected]