Evidence Masterclass; Using Research for Social Policy and Practice is an interactive one-day course for members of the Civil Service Policy Profession working in social policy areas.

The aim of the event is to build confidence in ‘compiling, assimilating, distilling, interpreting and presenting a strong evidence base’ (Policy Profession Knowledge and Skills Framework 2013) using existing published research. Those completing the masterclass will know more about finding the right sorts of research relevant to their policy question - such as randomised controlled trials, longitudinal research, cost-benefit analyses, behavioural research, and systematic reviews. It will also develop participants' understanding of the quality and trustworthiness of research – and show the best ways to access it.

The focus is on real-world implementation. The masterclass aims to improve participants' ability to make policy recommendations, when evidence is just one part of the messy mix influencing decisions.

This is one of a series Evidence Masterclasses being held across the UK aimed at non-specialists who wish to learn how to use academic research to inform their policy making and practice. To find out more please get in touch Alliance.4UsefulEvidence@nesta.org.uk.

Friday 3rd of July 2015
9:45am - 4:30pm


Speakers include

  • Professor Rob Briner, Centre for Evidence Based Management
  • Dr Will Norman, Nike
  • Jonathan Breckon, Alliance for Useful Evidence