This practice guide has been created to help you use research evidence to improve your work.
Research evidence can help you understand what works, where, why and for whom. It can also tell you what doesn’t work, and you can avoid repeating the failures of others by learning from evaluations of unsuccessful programmes.
Evidence also challenges what we might think is common sense. For instance, it may sound like a good idea to increase the amount of police on the streets to reduce crime or to reduce classroom sizes – but the evidence doesn’t necessarily support this.
We have created this guide to point you on the right path to finding what evidence might help you. It should help to build your confidence in understanding and using research, and to think about how you might go on to evaluate your own work.