The use of evidence is important for good decision-making – this much is news to no one. Evidence helps us to understand problems and needs, spot opportunities, assess what works, understand how and why it works and make judgements about the better intervention or course of action.

But using evidence is far from easy. It is often hard to access and commission, slow to produce and findings are of variable quality.

How do you assess the quality of research, interpret findings and make decisions and changes to policy or practice based on evidence?

It’s genuinely difficult.

What is the Live Issue Simulator?  

It's an immersive learning experience for senior decision-makers who want to become more confident users of research. Learners will be put into the thick of real decision-making and challenged to use evidence. The Simulator is designed to support participants to develop competency and confidence through working with their peers to solve real world problems. We want participants to be comfortable finding and using a range of evidence.

Who's the Live Issue Simulator for?

The Simulator has been designed with civil service Policy Profession, heads of small charities, and staff in Parliament in mind. It is not aimed at specialist researchers, but those working in social policy and practice who need evidence to help their day-to-day work. For instance: making the case for new policies, programmes and projects; or writing speeches to influence senior audiences; writing a submission of evidence to an parliamentary or assembly inquiry; or drafting of funding bid to major UK charity funder.

Participants to this pilot session were specially invited to attend by virtue of their experience and sector related knowledge. Future sessions will be targeted at various sectors and open to any professionals from those sectors who wish to attend.

Get involved!

Contact us if you are interested in attending one of our upcoming sessions (dates tbc) or would like to discuss partnering with the Alliance to deliver this masterclass to professionals from your sector.

Monday 2nd of March 2015
10:00am - 4:30pm

Nesta, London

Speakers include

  • Jonathan Breckon, Alliance for Useful Evidence
  • Will Norman, Nike