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. 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.
The Alliance for Useful Evidence provides a focal point for advancing the evidence agenda, developing a collective voice, while aiding collaboration and knowledge sharing, through debate and discussion.
What are we doing?
We run an open–access network of more than 2,800 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 aimed 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. Most recently, our Science of Using Science project, and discussion paper Using Evidence: What Works uncovered the evidence on what works to enable research use.
We also work with partners in the field to encourage debate, discussion, collaboration and innovation.
New Alliance website coming soon
Look out for the new Alliance site in the new year.
This discussion paper offers an introduction to the findings from the research project The Science of Using Science.