Why are we doing this?
The idea that policy and practice should be underpinned by rigorous evidence is internationally accepted, yet billions of pounds are spent every year on social policies and programmes with little rigorous evidence on the impacts of these initiatives. And despite decades of producing excellent research we still encounter problems of getting this integrated into decision making across all areas of social policy and practice.
We need to ensure that evidence is commissioned and carried out in ways that make it more likely to be used and useful; and we need to work with the users of evidence to make it easier for them to act on what’s known. We recognise that even the best evidence can be imperfect or incomplete, but it’s no longer legitimate for any members of the public, government and others to be ignorant of it.
By championing the need for useful evidence, the Alliance provides a focal point for improving and extending the use of social research and evidence in the UK, and internationally. Our aim is to become the hub for evidence initiatives in the UK, providing a forum for members to share good practice and avoid the duplication of work.
What are we doing?
We run an open–access network of more than 2,000 individuals from across government, universities, charities, business and local authorities in the UK and internationally.
Anyone can join our network for free and we share information with members through our website and monthly newsletters. We convene events, conferences and training, and produce publications and reports on the use of evidence in social policy and practice.
Our Evidence Exchange project aims to increase the use of and demand for evidence between the four UK jurisdictions and our Evidence Masterclass series offers training for senior policy makers and practitioners on how they can use research evidence in their work with greater confidence.
We also work with partners in the field to encourage debate, discussion, collaboration and innovation.
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This paper outlines why we need new ways of working to make evidence a fundamental part of policy making