Evidence-informed policy


A practical guide for establishing an evidence centre

Since 2013, Nesta and the Alliance for Useful Evidence have supported the development of more than eight evidence centres. This report draws on insight from their experience, published material and interviews with senior leaders from a range of evidence intermediaries.

COVID-19: a living systematic map of the evidence

The EPPI-Centre is committed to informing policy and professional practice with sound evidence. In response to the current COVID-19 crisis, the EPPI-Centre is maintaining an up-to-date map of the current evidence that the project team members partition into broad domains for easy exploration.

Behavioural government: using behavioural science to improve how governments make decisions

Governments are increasingly using behavioural insights to design, enhance and reassess their policies and services. This report explores how this happens – and how any bias can be addressed or mitigated. To do this, this report focuses on three core activities of policymaking: noticing, deliberating...

The experimenter’s inventory: a catalogue of experiments for decision-makers and professionals

What is experimentation in policy or practice? And why is an experiment worth investing in? This inventory provides a catalogue of experiments of different shapes and sizes, and simple advice on the pros and cons of different designs.
Blog post

Beware the well-intentioned advice of unusually successful academics

There is a wealth of advice and ‘how to’ guides available to academics on the subject of how research can have an impact on policy and practice. In this post, Kathryn Oliver and Paul Cairney assess the value of this literature.
Journal article

Ten ways to optimise evidence-based policy

This article presents ten considerations for optimising evidence-based policy, drawn from experience in delivering applied behaviour change research to government.

Policy success and failure: embedding effective learning in government

The focus on the effectiveness of policy delivery by modern governments has thrust questions of policy success and failure firmly into the spotlight. But how do policy-makers interpret and learn from policy successes and failures? This report provides some answers.

The Evidence Map: the data imperative

The Evidence Initiative has produced a first-of-its-kind Evidence Map to track the availability and characteristics of data in G20 countries that policymakers need to make sound decisions. This report highlights general and policy-specific key findings from the Evidence Map regarding the breadth and depth of...

Bodies of evidence

Following the signing of the 2017 Evidence Declaration, this report examines the role of the royal colleges, faculties and other professional bodies in mobilising evidence. With a wealth of examples provided by the declaration signatories themselves, the report offers nine practical recommendations for getting research...
Technical report

The Western Australian Alliance to End Homelessness outcomes measurement and evaluation framework

The WAAEH Outcomes Measurement Framework offers a revitalised and reconceptualised approach to the research and evaluation of homelessness.