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The Alliance for Useful Evidence is a network, hosted by Nesta, that champions the smarter use of evidence in social policy and practice. We do this through advocacy, organising events, sharing ideas, and delivering training and support.

The idea that social policy and practice should be underpinned by rigorous evidence is internationally accepted, yet billions of pounds are spent each year on 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.

The Alliance for Useful Evidence champions and supports the smarter use of evidence in social policy and practice through three core activities:

Research and ideas

We produce research, discussion papers, guides, and case studies, and monitor evidence-use by government and politicians. We convene small groups on specialist topics in roundtables, as well as large conferences and summits, to encourage debate, discussion, collaboration and innovation, and to share insights on what works (and what doesn’t).

Training and skills

We deliver a range of training courses and workshops, from our flagship Evidence Masterclass, to more bespoke strategic support such as our theory of change workshops. We also offer free downloadable resources, including the heavily downloaded Using Research Evidence practice guide.

Advice and advocacy

We always work with others – with champions, partners and allies. We collaborate to campaign for the better use of research, evidence, evaluation and data to inform social policies and programmes – for example, on Manifesto Checks for political parties, Evidence Transparency in Government, and a Best Use of Evidence Prize for Politicians – and we advise organisations on how to use evidence effectively.

Join the Alliance

We promote our work through our open access network of more than 3,500 individuals from across government, universities, charities, businesses, and local authorities in the UK and internationally.

Alliance membership is free and open to everyone. Want to join us? Sign up here!

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Team

Jonathan Breckon

Jonathan Breckon

Jonathan Breckon

Director, Alliance for Useful Evidence

Jonathan Breckon has 15 years experience in policy, research and public affairs. His expertise lies particularly in brokering relationships between decision-makers and researchers fr...

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Helen Mthiyane

Helen Mthiyane

Helen Mthiyane

Programme Manager, Alliance for Useful Evidence

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Elena Oyon

Elena Oyon

Elena Oyon

Learning Services Manager

Elena's role involves managing the delivery of evidence masterclasses and working with the Skills team to help build its learning and development.

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Louise Bazalgette

Louise Bazalgette

Louise Bazalgette

Principal Research Advisor, Alliance for Useful Evidence

Louise joined the Alliance for Useful Evidence as Principal Research and Evaluation Advisor in January 2018. She will be leading a variety of projects for the Alliance, as well as sp...

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Georgia Parry

Georgia Parry

Georgia Parry

Coordinator, What Works Centre for Children's Social Care

Georgia's role is to support and coordinate the consortium in setting up the WWCCSC. Coordinate the team activities around mobilisation, set up and early life activities of the What ...

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Anna Hopkins

Anna Hopkins

Anna Hopkins

Researcher, Alliance for Useful Evidence

Anna's role involves conducting research and writing reports and case-studies to champion the use of evidence in social policy and practice, working with Alliance colleagues to influ...

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Emma Taylor-Collins

Emma Taylor-Collins

Emma Taylor-Collins

Senior Research Officer

Emma is Senior Research Officer at the Alliance for Useful Evidence and the Wales Centre for Public Policy.

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