Newsletter: July 2015   
Dear member of the Alliance for Useful Evidence,

This month we update you on our Evidence Masterclass series designed to help practitioners and policy makers use evidence more thoughtfully, thoroughly and judiciously.   You can also sign up to our webinar on what makes good evidence, and find out about our work with the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism on data visualisation.

The Evidence Masterclass

In July we delivered our first Evidence Masterclass to 25 members of the Policy Profession.  The 1-day masterclass is designed to increase non-specialist researchers’ (in this case civil servants’) confidence in sourcing research evidence and weighing up its quality and relevance so that it can be put to practical use.  If you’d like to know more about the Evidence Masterclass get in touch.
Research use by charities: call for case studies

We’re looking for great, real-life examples of how charity practitioners have used research evidence to help shape policies and programmes, and what difference it made.  The best will be included in a new guide to be published later this year.  We’d be especially interested to hear if you have examples of where you have used evidence from another part of the UK in your work.  Share your case study.  
Member survey

Thanks to all of you who took part in our survey, and congratulations to member David Wales for winning the prize draw - £25 book vouchers are on their way to you!  Look out for a blog on our survey findings coming soon.
New coordinator

The Alliance has a new coordinator, Helen Mthiyane.  Amongst other charities and social enterprises, Helen has previously worked at Khulisa, where she was responsible for helping the charity meet Project Oracle’s standards of evidence.
Making Research Useful: Current Challenges and Good Practices in Data Visualisation

Published by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism with the support of the University of Oxford’s ESRC Impact Acceleration Account in partnership with Nesta and the Alliance for Useful Evidence, this report advocates for the increased use of data visualisation techniques to illuminate research findings.
To see all of our publications visit our website.
Evidence Exchange
Top tips for exchanging evidence across the UK

In 2015, the Alliance’s Evidence Exchange programme has been promoting the sharing of social policy learning across the UK. It has developed podcasts, webinars and seminars, on the topics of Wellbeing and the Prevention of Harm from Alcohol Misuse. Read about the project’s experience in our latest blog - Top Tips for Exchanging Evidence Across the UK.
What is Good Evidence? webinar

This September the Evidence Exchange programme is hosting a webinar on differing approaches to using standards of evidence across the UK, and what we can learn from them.  Speakers will include Stephen Bediako (The Social Innovation Partnership), Steven Marwick  (Evaluation Support Scotland) and Aongus O'Keeffe (Inspiring Impact NI).  Sign up for free - just a few places left!
Why better data visualisation is crucial for understanding and application of research.

Read Robert G. Picard’s (RISJ) blog, to accompany our latest report.
What is 'the Scottish approach'?

Zoe Ferguson (formerly Chief Social Researcher, Scottish Government) outlines ‘the Scottish approach’ to policy making, which has significant implications for cross UK evidence exchange and analysis.
The case for an international clearing house for What Works

Geoff Mulgan (Nesta) and David Halpern (Behavioural Insights Team) on why we need an evidence-sharing platform that goes beyond national borders.
It’s democracy, stupid

Sue Littlemore (Education Media Centre) discusses journalists’ increased appetite for evidence in the general election.
A brief guide to UK social policy databases

Rebecca Riley (Idox Knowledge Exchange) reviews the main UK social policy databases, for when Google and Wikipedia won’t do.

To see all of our blogs, visit our website
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