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Jonathan Breckon has 15 years experience in policy, research and public affairs.

Jonathan has been Director of the Alliance for Useful Evidence since it was created at Nesta in 2012. Formerly Director of Policy and Public Affairs at the Arts and Humanities Research Council, he has had policy roles at the Royal Geographical Society, the British Academy, and Universities UK. He is a member of the Cabinet Office What Works Council and a Director of the Department for Education’s What Works for Children's Social Care.

His research and professional interests cover politics and psychology, particularly the ever-awkward relationship between evidence and policy-making. He is a Visiting Professor at Strathclyde University and a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at King’s College London’s Policy Institute.

When not at work, or being ordered around by two young children, he wastes time protecting his family's veg garden from slugs, or finding excuses to go sailing in the Solent.

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