Over the past few years, there has been much discussion about how we can improve the use of evidence in decision making. This has led to new initiatives, such as the Alliance for Useful Evidence, as well as calls for new institutions and ways of working. These discussions have now led to action. In March 2013 the UK government, the ESRC and the Big lottery Fund, announced plans to create a new network of 'What Works' evidence centres.
This brief paper outlines why these centres are needed, the role they will play, and how they will build upon the work already underway and complement existing institutions.
Read the Nesta paper outlining why we need to explore a centre - or a network of evidence centres - which help to institutionalise evidence in the decision making process.
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1. Moving beyond discussing evidence based
2. Enabling evidence and innovation to co-exist
3. Debunking the myths about Randomised Control Trials (RCTs)
4. Institutionalising the demand for evidence
5. Dealing with negative findings
6. Managing the politics of decision making
7. Making the debate relevant
8. Opening up data for better, cheaper evidence and the new army of armchair evaluators
9. Evidence in the real world
10. Developing a UK Alliance for Useful Evidence