The quest for evidence has been rumbling along for decades. But how do businesses fit into this? If we demand evidence of impact from our public services and charities, surely we should be doing the same of companies? Yet – beyond health – it is rare for a company to have tested and revealed whether what they sell actually works.
Today we published the independent evaluation of Project Oracle. It shows that Project Oracle is a much needed initiative, helping to grow the evidence behind youth services, and to then helping link this into the funding and commissioning process.
Local authority bosses need to apply robust evidence to the messy real world of local politics, media and misinformation. Without it we may be doing more harm than good, like the US anti-drug D.A.R.E programme that increased drug abuse in some socio-economic groups.