Training and skills

We deliver a range of training courses and workshops, from our flagship Evidence Masterclass, to more bespoke strategic support such as our Theory of Change workshops, varying in lengths from three hours to three days.

To-date, we’ve delivered over 120 evidence upskilling programmes to over 2000 attendees from 60+ different partner organisations, from working across the UK civil service’s policy profession, to working with local planning officers in Northern Ireland. Our learning offers combine best evidence on knowledge exchange, evidence use, and adult learning with an eye towards improving capability at the individual, team, and organisational level.

Why are we doing this?

“The masterclass was very informative, relevant and I am looking forward to utilising this information in my organisation. In addition, the Masterclass was very enjoyable and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to each of ye speak so passionately about research and how we can incorporate this into our practice within our organisations.”

Third Sector, Northern Ireland

“This course has already positively impacted the way in which I have approached certain activities & tasks – taking time to weigh up the evidence & assess the risks.”

EU Exit Team

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. So how do you assess the quality of research? How do you interpret findings and make decisions on policy or practice based on evidence? How do you produce evidence that is going to be useful and accessible to decision-makers in the future? It’s genuinely difficult.

Our approach

At the Alliance for Useful Evidence, we work at the intersection between evidence producers and users across the public and charity sector in the UK. We use our expertise to help make individuals and organisations better producers and users of evidence in their day-to-day work. We do this by providing content, training and strategic support to individuals and organisations.

Our training courses bring together our practical, hands-on experience of working with a variety of sectors and organisations. We also use an evidence-based approach to professional learning. In all cases our sessions are tailored, based on the needs of our clients and partners, and delivered by subject matter experts in their field.

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Reviews

“We have arranged two Evidence Masterclasses through The Alliance for Useful Evidence, which have helped to energise our work in this area. Participants enjoyed the opportunity to reflect on their own biases when using evidence, as well as picking up some tips from the extensive experience of the facilitators. We asked participants for reflective logs in the few weeks following the Masterclass and these were invaluable in providing insights that have helped us to better understand the barriers to evidence use and what action we need to take.”

– Helen Green, Knowledge Exchange Officer, Public Health Wales

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If you’re interested in hearing more about our training and skills offerings or approach, please contact Kuranda Morgan, Learning Services Manager for the Alliance for Useful Evidence.