This month we announce a project which we believe breaks new ground; a study into how research is actually understood and used in decision making. Find out more about 'The Science of Using Science Evidence’ below. There are also publications from our Evidence Exchange team, an evidence transparency tool, and blogs highlighting best practice in evidence use from the UK and overseas.
We’re excited to announce a new research project in partnership with the Wellcome Trust, the What Works Centre for Wellbeing and the EPPI-Centre at UCL. The project will include a systematic review of what works in research uptake, and culminate in a policy report and a conference next spring, to share our findings. If you’d like to know more about this piece of work, get in touch with Jane Dodson.
Last month saw the publication of the Evidence Transparency Framework, a new tool from Institute for Government (IfG), in partnership with the Alliance for Useful Evidence and Sense about Science, which can help you assess the strength of evidence behind different government policies. Jill Rutter’s (IfG) blog explains how and why we developed the framework, and the challenges along the way.
We’ve delivered 3 Evidence Masterclasses for charity leaders this autumn, including one with ACEVO members, and one with ACOSVO members in Scotland. Watch some short films of attendees talking about why they believe evidence is so important, and their top tips for using it in charities.
Howard White (Campbell Collaboration) says context is everything when it comes to interpreting research findings from the Family Nurse Partnership programme, which appear to contradict findings from the same programme in the US.
Rohini Pande, Charity Moore and Eric Dodge (Harvard Kennedy School) explain how bringing policymakers together with researchers to work more iteratively has ensured that data from India’s largest public works programme is accessible and relevant to those who use it.
Daniel Schweppenstedde (RAND Europe) and Anne-Marie Reid (Childhood Development Initiative) share a case study from Ireland’s Childhood Development Initiative, demonstrating how evidence that an intervention is not effective can be just as valuable as positive findings.
At 12.00 on 8 December we’re offering members another opportunity to take part in a free webinar exploring the question ‘what is good evidence?’, which will focus on how standards of evidence can be used effectively. Speakers will include Dr Louise Morpeth (Dartington Social Research Unit) and Michael O’Donnell (Bond). For details, visit our website.
How evidence based are alcohol policies and programmes across the UK? Our 'Four Nations'report, by Niamh Fitzgerald (University of Stirling) and Colin Angus (University of Sheffield) suggests that the UK Government might learn from the differing approaches of the devolved nations in dealing with alcohol abuse.
On 26 November we’ll be hosting a roundtable at the WCVA (Wales Council for Voluntary Action) annual conference discussing why evidence should be a vital component of social innovation. All are welcome - find out more.
The Use of Evidence in Policy-Making networking event
Professor Sally Shortall (Queen’s University Belfast) was among the speakers at our networking event in Belfast earlier this month – it was great to see so many of our Northern Irish members there. Photos, recordings and highlights from the discussion can be found on Slugger O’Toole.