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, …