Five questions to help policy makers understand if their policy is working.
In this blog, Dr Helen Fitzhugh shares her experience of leading the recent Mindfulness in Policing RCT and how connecting and collaborating with frontline staff was a key factor in the success of the trial.
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 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!
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, …