MPs are bombarded with research and evidence of many kinds and from many sources. It can be hard to assess the quality and usefulness of this evidence. This short session will introduce MPs and their Researchers to the ways in which research evidence can be more easily accessed, quality-assessed and used in order to inform decision-making. Following the session MPs will have greater confidence in understanding and using evidence for parliamentary business – particularly scrutiny. It will help them develop a critical eye, so that they are better able to judge whether research is misleading, or whether it effectively helps them answer key questions.

In this highly interactive workshop we will touch on the pros and cons of a range of approaches to evidence commonly used by policymakers, such as surveys by campaign groups, or randomised controlled trials used by government departments – and give real-world examples of good practice, and tips on where to find trustworthy evidence, such as the new nine UK Government What Works Centres. We will also highlight bad practice, such as poor quality research and evaluations, or where the wrong policy conclusions have been drawn from research.

This session will be run jointly by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) and the Alliance for Useful Evidence.

Wednesday 25th of May 2016
9:15am - 10:45am

House of Commons

Speakers include

  • Dr Tony Munton, Associate of the Alliance for Useful Evidence
  • Jonathan Breckon, Head of the Alliance for Useful Evidence