Director, Alliance for Useful Evidence

Jonathan Breckon


Research, Analysis and Policy

Join Date

April 2012

What I do

Jonathan Breckon has 15 years experience in policy, research and public affairs. His expertise lies particularly in brokering relationships between decision-makers and researchers from across disciplines - social science, science and the humanities.  



He joined Nesta from Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) where he was Director of Policy and Public Affairs.  He has also worked at the Royal Geographical Society, the British Academy, Universities UK and as a consultant developing quantitative skills in the social sciences.  He is on the board of the Society for Evidence-Based Policing, and is Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London.
When not at work, or pretending to be a patriarch to two small children, he wastes time protecting his families veg garden from slugs, and pootlles about in a 16' foot Wayfarer dinghy called Humph.
Being talked at by gurus in one-off training days does little good. We need a sustained rhythm of follow-up, a culture of learning, and collaborative learning. Here are six key lessons, based on systematic reviews of research or rapid evidence assessments, to help think about the best way to train professionals.
Jonathan Breckon
Wednesday, 27 January 2016