How to use research evidence to improve your work

NESTA: “We’re pleased to announce the launch of the latest publication in our series of practice guides – Using Research Evidence. Created by the Alliance for Useful Evidence and Nesta, the guide has been designed to help you improve the way you work by using evidence effectively.

Evidence can help you make better decisions. Whether it’s in a police station, a school classroom or the boardroom of a charity, using research-based evidence can help improve outcomes. It is helpful not only in frontline service-delivery, but also in creating smarter organisations – charities, local authorities, government departments – and in developing national policies or charity campaigns.

It is also useful not only to you as a decision-maker, but to the citizens, voters, donors and wider public you are trying to support. Evidence can show if your services are working (or failing), save money, and align services with public needs.

The guide is aimed at those working in government, charities, voluntary organisations, professional membership bodies and local authorities. It will help you to:

  • Learn about evidence-informed decision-making, and why research is an essential element of it.

  • Understand the different scenarios in which using evidence can help you, as well as the types of evidence you might need at different stages of development.

  • Explore different types of evidence, how to choose the most appropriate and how to judge its quality.

  • Get advice on finding the right evidence to support your case, and how to get your message across once you have it….

Download the report here.”