Newsletter: March 2016
Dear member of the Alliance for Useful Evidence

Earlier this month we held a debate on the politics of evidence-based policymaking to mark the launch of Professor Paul Cairney's new book.  It was great to see so many of you there and to hear divergent views on how evidence can (and should) influence policymaking.   If there is a theme or topic you would like to see discussed at a future Alliance event, do let us know.


Jonathan, Helen M., Jane, Pippa, Peter and Helen C.
The Alliance for Useful Evidence team.
News
New Alliance lead in Wales

This month we welcomed Helen Cunningham to the team.   Helen has a background in the third and public sectors, having most recently worked on policy research as a Head of Office at the National Assembly for Wales.   If you're working in Wales and would like to connect, do get in touch
Events
What Works for Research Uptake? Launch of findings

There are a few spaces remaining at our event to launch the findings on 'what works' when it comes to getting research used.  The event will be held at the Wellcome Trust, London, on 12 April with speakers and panellists including Professor Jane Elliott (ESRC), Dr David Halpern (What Works National Adviser) and Professor David Gough (EPPI-Centre).  If you'd like to join us for what we're sure will be a lively evening of discussion and debate please register online before 4 April. 
Blogs
Your chance to judge the Government's evidence on GM, smart cities and driverless cars

Martin Smith (specialist, House of Commons Science and Technology Committee) invites you to take part in an 'Evidence Check', to scrutinise Government's use of evidence in three new policy areas. This draws upon the 'Show Your Workings' report developed by Institute for Government, in partnership with the Alliance and Sense About Science. Read the blog.
The Human Factor: Who makes policy and how?

Kathryn Oliver (University of Oxford) argues that we need a clearer understanding of who is already influencing policy, and how, if we want to increase the role of academic evidence in policymaking.  Read the blog.
DRIVE: What is the real story?

Howard White (Campbell Collaboration) is frustrated that the research team for a new intimate partner violence intervention will be appointed late in the programme: potentially missing the opportunity to generate robust evidence of its effectiveness. Read the blog.
The Politics of Evidence-Based Policymaking

Paul Cairney (University of Stirling) argues that when presenting evidence to policymakers, you must engage with the policy process that exists, not the process you wish existed. Read the blog.
Welcome to all members who have joined the Alliance this month.  If you know someone who's interested in evidence please forward this email and let them know they can join for free.  Don't forget, all members can share events, vacancies or other relevant news on our member noticeboard - email helen.mthiyane@nesta.org.uk with details, and provide a link.  
 
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