• The professions and evidence

    14 October, 2013
    Creating a common set of standards for all evidence may be impossible but according to Sir Iain Chalmers, one of the founders of the Cochrane Collaboration, there are some basic principles of good evidence that apply...
  • Liberate information to multiply impact

    12 August, 2013
      In the grant making world we promote the generation of huge amounts of information. It manifests in a multitude of ways, piles of monitoring papers, lengthy pdfs of analysis, carefully crafted responses to outcome statements,...
  • Parody and the science of evaluation

    3 July, 2013
      Through the below parody,  Ray Pawson, Professor of Social Research Methodology at Leeds University, explores the reality of the complexity of the science of evaluation, focusing on RCTs and their growing reputation as the ‘gold...
  • Squaring the circle

    29 May, 2013
      In this guest blog, Derrick Johnstone, author of the Alliance’s latest report, Squaring the Circle, develops the evidence discussion from the need for more robust standards of evidence and evaluation to explore the need to...
  • Bringing evidence to life

    3 May, 2013
      An inspiration for the “What Works” centres has been the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).  However, NICE itself is changing and will be doing more in the social care field.  April 2013...
  • Evidence-based business?

    19 April, 2013
      We’ve been advocating for some time that governments should take evidence more seriously. Where possible, data should be opened up to public scrutiny, and policies should be tested to see whether they actually work. The...