Newsletter: November 2015   
Dear member of the Alliance for Useful Evidence

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. 
News
The Science of Using Science Evidence

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
 
Evidence Transparency Framework

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.
The Evidence Masterclass

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.  
 
Blogs
Learning what works and why from evidence of what doesn’t

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.   
Weaving an evidential tapestry: what Winston’s Wish has learnt from Realising Ambition

Rachel Preen (Winston's Wish) shares what the charity for bereaved children has learned about evidence through taking part in the Realising Ambition programme. 
 
To get the right policy, ask the right question

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.
How failure can feed success

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. 
Evidence Exchange

Webinar: What is Good Evidence?

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.
Four Nations report

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.

How can evidence drive social innovation? WCVA conference, Llandudno

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.
Increasing Divergence discussion paper

As our Evidence Exchange project draws to a close, our report ‘Increasing Divergence: More or Less reason for exchange?’ asks whether the UK has begun to fulfil its potential to exchange and learn across the four jurisdictions, since devolution.

 
Welcome to all our new members who have joined this month.  If you know someone who'd like to join the Alliance you can forward this email and let them know it’s free and open to all. 

Don’t forget all members can share news, events, vacancies or other opportunities via our member noticeboard – email helen.mthiyane@nesta.org.uk with details, and provide a link.

 
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