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Who should win the award for Best Use of Evidence?

Nominations are now open for the Political Studies Association Awards 2019, and once again we’re supporting the Best Use of Evidence category. This award recognises a politician or elected official who’s made a policy decision clearly based on what a body of evidence demonstrates is the best course of action.

We want to unearth the best examples from across the UK of research playing its part in political decision-making (alongside, of course, principles, economic considerations and other forms of evidence, like constituents’ views) .

Tracey Crouch receiving her award in 2018
Tracey Crouch MP, who won the award in 2018

Eligible nominees must be UK publicly elected officials or politicians active in office since December 2018, including Members of the UK Parliament, Members of the devolved UK institutions, UK Local Government Councillors, Police and Crime Commissioners, and Elected Mayors. Nominators may be members of the PSA, or the Alliance network.

This year’s winner will be chosen by a jury including Amelia Gentleman (The Guardian), Kate McCann (Sky News) and Professor Angelia Wilson (PSA Chair and University of Manchester), and announced at the PSA Annual Awards Dinner and Ceremony on 12th November.

Tell us who you think should win.

The nominations deadline is close of play on Friday 30th August 2019.