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Useful evidence news from around our network

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  • 4 June, 2019

    Social Butterflies: Reclaiming the Positive Power of Social Networks

    The rise of social media has sent our social instincts into overdrive, and the impact of our networks has never been greater. But what if we could reclaim the positive power that influences our decisions, to behave better and be happier?

    Join Dr Michael Sanders and Susannah Hume for a talk about their new book, Social Butterflies: Reclaiming the Positive Power of Social Networks, which builds on the findings of their cutting-edge research at the world’s first “Nudge Unit”, as well as illuminating case studies from experts around the world, to show how small changes in our environments can have a huge impact on where our instincts lead us.

    This is a free event, which means we overbook to allow for no-shows and to avoid empty seats. While we generally do not have to turn people away, this does mean we cannot guarantee everyone a place. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.

  • 29 May, 2019

    Youth Endowment Fund is open for applications

  • 22 May, 2019

    What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care announces new evaluation groups

    The What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care is excited to announce the appointment of members to both their Evaluation Advisory Group and their Panel of Evaluators. Both groups will be central to shaping their approach to evaluation and the production of high-quality evidence on what works in children’s social care.



  • 7 May, 2019

    Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation: Review of online targeting

    The Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation calls for evidence on online targeting and bias in algorithmic decision making. As part of their review into online targeting, they are taking submissions via an open call for evidence in relation to online targeting practices and their impacts on people, organisations, and society. The CDEI is particularly interested in considering the following questions:

    1. What evidence is there about the harms and benefits of online targeting?

    2. How do organisations carry out online targeting in practice?

    3. Should online targeting be regulated, and if so, how should this be done in a way that maximises the benefits and minimises the risks targeting presents?


  • 29 April, 2019

    Registration is open for Homelessness Impact Forums

  • 24 April, 2019

    Evidence Aid is hosting a new training course

    Evidence Aid is hosting a new training course on 26th June, in Oxford, UK titled “Bringing it all together to alleviate suffering and save lives: understanding how systematic reviews can strengthen humanitarian action”

    The conduct and use of systematic reviews in the health sector stretches back over several decades and for the last 30 years, course tutor and one of the founders of Evidence Aid, Professor Mike Clarke has been doing, using and teaching about them. He will explain how bringing together evidence can support decision making in the context of disasters and the organisation of humanitarian aid – both in programming and in operational work. The course provides learning and practical experience in a small group setting, drawing on examples relevant to the humanitarian sector to illustrate key points. Participants have left previous courses feeling more comfortable about decision-making and their assessment of evidence, and more confident that they and their organisations will be better placed to use this evidence to alleviate suffering and save lives.

  • 23 April, 2019

    Evidence Week

  • 17 April, 2019

    Alliance Newsletter March 2019

    Read our March newsletter to our members, highlighting our blogs, publications, news and upcoming events, as well as evidence news from our three funders. To receive this in your inbox, you can join the Alliance (for free!).

  • 29 March, 2019

    Community Research Project

    The Community Research Project is about to launch at the Universities of Sheffield and York, where 50 local writers, activists, campaigners and charity workers will be invited to take up the offer of free access to library resources and study spaces, with a view to building ‘community think tanks’ that will empower local experts.

    No previous research is required.

    Apply at:

  • 29 March, 2019

    On the right track: Implementation

    CES have just published a new Implementation guide and tool, based on learning from the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative – where government, together with The Atlantic Philanthropies, invested in 52 programmes and services for children and young people in Ireland and Northern Ireland. On The Right Track: Implementation includes key messages for commissioning and implementing services, features of good implementation, and a tool to help commissioners and providers to keep their implementation on track

  • 29 March, 2019

    Meet the statisticians: data support for the third sector

    Do you have a project that would benefit from the skills of a statistician or data scientist? You can go to a drop-in session with the Royal Statistical Society to speak about your project and be linked with a volunteer statistician who is willing to work pro bono.

  • 25 March, 2019

    Social care institute for excellence

    There is a new digital home for the Northern Ireland social work and social care community which shares, celebrates and promotes local good practice.

    Read more about their work on their website.

  • 6 March, 2019

    Are you a humanitarian decision maker?

    Would you like to understand how systematic reviews fit into the context of evidence synthesis?

    Come and find out all about it at our course being held in Oxford, UK, on Wednesday 10th April:

    Building on his successful and popular courses on systematic reviews in a wide variety of settings, Professor Mike Clarke will run this 1-day Evidence Aid course to place systematic reviews in the context of disasters and the provision of humanitarian aid.

    The course will provide learning and practical experience in a small group setting for many aspects of systematic reviewing. These include question formulation and eligibility criteria, searching for eligible material, data extraction, analysis, and reporting. Examples relevant to the humanitarian sector will be used to illustrate key points and participants should leave the course feeling more comfortable about embarking on their own systematic review and when using reviews for decision making.

  • 20 February, 2019

    Research into co-production

    The Wales Co-production Network wish to produce a ‘map’ of academics and institutions in the UK who are involved in research into co-production (i.e. citizens & professionals working together as equals) particularly in relation to public services.

    In the first instance this would be an open resource intended to encourage people to make connections and utilise research more widely. The Wales Co-production Network will be sharing it via the Network knowledge base and they hope that it could lead to publications, seminars or conferences.

    Please participate by completing the (very short) review form in relation to any relevant research and send it to

  • 8 February, 2019

    Khulisa’s use of evidence