The Early Intervention Foundation’s Tom McBride explains why programme evaluation is crucial to the success of children’s service, but can be undermined by surprisingly basic issues.
Next week the Houses of Parliament are playing host to the inaugural Evidence Week. It's a chance for citizens, MPs and policymakers to talk about why evidence matters and how make the best use of it.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has used scientific methods to evaluate a new flagship policy - a first for the department. Maria O’Beirne explains how and why her team designed the trial.
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is bringing its evidence-approach to education to schools all over the world.
The police are in a tricky position. When crime rates go down it is often claimed as a success for great policing. When they go up we can become socio-economic commentators, blaming the bad news on the economy, unemployment or the rise of digital technology. We can’t have it both ways!
Five years ago the What Works Network was established to feed better evidence into the way we make decisions across the public sector.
We’ve come a long way since 2013. Here are five lessons we’ve learned along the way.
Robust evidence gives schools the chance to reduce teacher workloads at the same time as improving children's attainment. Shaun Allison, deputy headteacher of Durrington High School, writes about how his school is making use of evidence to give teachers more time to plan for lessons.
Over the past 5 years, the What Works Team has championed what we call the ‘What Works approach’ as a better way of making policy across government: identifying problems using good data, designing a solution using the best evidence available, …