Alliance for Useful Evidence

December 2013             
Do you need to review existing evidence before undertaking research? This guide is intended to inform decision-makers, researchers or anyone else considering if a systematic review is appropriate to collate evidence and fill a gap in knowledge. 'Learning from research' by David Gough, Sandy Oliver and James Thomas describes the logic of a systematic review, mixed methods reviews, the main stages of the research, and some of the key issues to consider during the process. This guide follows from the roundtable held in October to discuss the draft. 
The Alliance and Nesta are proud to host the fourth annual Society of Evidence Based Policing Conference on the 5th of March 201. Content will include a 23 year follow up of random assignment of arrest for misdemeanour domestic assault and a randomised controlled trial involving schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act. Please see the Events page for full details and for booking information. 
The Alliance Christmas Networking Reception on the 5th of December heard from Lord Gus O'Donnell, Geoff Mulgan, Phil Sooben, Carey Oppenheim, Professor Henry Overman and Chief Constable Alex Marshall. The speakers shared the challenges and opportunities for their What Works Centres in the new year and discussion focused on the best and worst cases of evidence from 2013. Read the storify and see photos of the night. 
New kid on the block: The Early Intervention Foundation
Carey Oppenheim, Chief Executive of the Early Intervention Foundation, shares her thoughts on the recent Alliance Christmas reception and the work and aims of the EIF to date. 
7 myths about systematic reviews and why we need to move on 
Systematic reviews provide a way of finding out everything we know and don't and prove mainstream in medical and health research, but common myths are preventing greater uptake of the process. Jonathan Breckon and David Gough debunk these myths in light of the new Alliance publication 'Learning from Research'. 
Social science and replication 
The hesitation to reproduce and replicate datasets inhibits clarity and can obscure research results. Alex Sutherland and Nicole Janz argue for a cultural shift to demand more replication which can help policymakers and academics alikes to bring greater legitimacy and relevance to research. 
The time is ripe for evidence
Dr Rebecca Kilburn and Dr Michael Frearson from RAND consider in this guest blog how the European Commission is exploring child well-being, particularly through evidence-based policy and the new European Platform for Investing in Children. 

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