Publications Using evidence in scrutiny: A practice guide for local government scrutiny

Using evidence in scrutiny: A practice guide for local government scrutiny

Published May 2017

This guide emerged from discussions between the Centre for Public Scrutiny, SOLACE, and the Alliance for Useful Evidence. Together we recognised an opportunity to re-cast for local government some of the work we have produced individually, and collate the good practice on evidence and scrutiny.

We drew particularly on the Alliance for Useful Evidence’s Using Research Evidence: A Practice Guide, recognising that some of its key themes and guidance could hold relevance for the four hundred and eighteen councils across the UK, and the officers and councillors that keep them going.

This discussion paper is not a toolkit per se, but it will, we anticipate, provide practical tips for scrutiny practitioners to make it easier for them to deploy, identify, secure and understand the evidence they need for first class scrutiny.