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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.