This seminar focused on what distinctive contributions the natural sciences, engineering and social sciences can make to policy in areas such as social care, education, healthcare and crime.

How can evidence and expert inputs from a range of disciplines more effectively interact and contribute to better policy-making? The seminar reviewed the contribution of specific tools such as RCTs and systematic reviews, and looked at what social science and science can learn from each other.

This was the second in a series of four seminars looking at ways in which government can make more effective use of scientists and scientific advice to improve policy-making. This shared initiative of five partners – The Institute for Government (IfG); The Alliance for Useful Evidence; The University of Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP); SPRU and the ESRC STEPS Centre at Sussex University; and Sciencewise-ERC – will stimulate fresh thinking and practical recommendations on future directions for scientific advice in Whitehall, and will lead to the publication of a report and a final conference in London in April 2013.

Details of the other events in this series can be found on the CSaP website.

Tuesday 8th of January 2013
12:00pm - 2:00pm

Speakers include

  • Professor Paul Wiles, former Chief Scientific Adviser at the Home Office
  • Rebecca Endean, Chief Scientific Adviser, and Director of Analytical Services at the Ministry of Justice
  • Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive, Nesta
  • Chris Wormald, Permanent Secretary, Department for Education and Head of Policy Profession
  • Professor Paul Boyle, Chief Executive, ESRC