During this event the audience heard from the Minister about why evidence should be embedded in the policy-making process and why this is especially important within a coalition government, where there are fewer shared views.

Evidence can be complicated and difficult to stick to (how many of us ignore the warnings over what we should eat and how much alcohol we should drink) but, as Geoff Mulgan argues, we are now in an era where for those in power being ignorant of the evidence cannot be justified anymore.

Astrid Wissenburg highlighted the importance of greater connectivity between academics and users of research, while Peter Ainsworth highlighted that within the voluntary sector there is a better awareness, supply and use of evidence.

Tuesday 24th of July 2012
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Speakers include

  • Rt Hon David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science
  • Geoff Mulgan, CEO of Nesta
  • Astrid Wissenberg, Director of Communications, ESRC
  • Peter Ainsworth, Chair of the Big Lottery Fund