This was the first information session on social policy experimentation - the practice of testing new ideas and policies and collecting evidence about the real impact of measures on people. This event also launched the new European-based network for Social Policy Analysis for Robust Knowledge (SPARK).

The event covered:

  • The benefits of social policy experimentation
  • Measuring impact: Randomised Control Trials
  • Social policy experimentation best practice in Europe
  • Follow-up training and resources available from the European Commission
  • The benefits of joining SPARK.

Find the agenda for the event here. You can view the slides from the event here.

This is part of a larger initiative from the EU Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion to promote the benefits of social policy experimentation throughout the EU. The project is managed by LSE Enterprise, the consulting arm of the London School of Economics, in partnership with J-PAL Europe and the Alliance for Useful Evidence.


Wednesday 12th of February 2014
2:00pm - 5:00pm

Nesta, 1 Plough Place, London, EC4A 1DE

Speakers include

  • Hélène Giacobino, Executive Director, J-PAL Europe
  • Dr Simona Milio, Associate Director, Social and Policy Cohesion Unit, LSE Enterprise
  • Jonathan Breckon, Head, Alliance for Useful Evidence
  • Arnaud Vaganay, Senior Researcher, LSE Enterprise
  • Phil Sooben, Deputy Chief Executive, ESRC
  • Simon Flemington, Chief Executive, LSE Enterprise