Perspectives on how research and evidence can influence decision making
Public and Social Innovation, NESTA UK April 2011
Available online PDF [36p.] at: http://bit.ly/lLzpxp
"......From criminal justice, childrens services to poverty reduction, this report contains essays from organisations using different methodologies and approaches to generate evidence and influence policy and practice in a number of service areas.
The idea that policy and practice should be underpinned by rigorous evidence is internationally accepted, yet there is recognition that the level of rigour in evaluating ‘what works’ in social policy remains limited. In a time of public service reform and more decentralised decision making, the need for timely, accessible and reliable evidence is becoming ever more important.
Evidence for Social Policy and Practice
Perspectives on how research and evidence can influence decision making in public services
Part 1: Project Oracle, The Social Innovation Partnership
Part 2: Combining research and practice: The Center for Court Innovation’s approach to justice reform
Part 3: Washington State Institute for Public Policy
Part 4: Using impact evaluations to inform policy
Part 5: RAND’s Promising Practices Network
Part 6: The Obama Administration’s evidence-based social policy initiatives: an overview