Using Evidence in Policymaking – A Crash Course

Free Online Workshop | Exclusive for Public Servants & Policymakers

“The dirty secret of almost all government is that we don’t know whether we’re doing the right thing” — David Halpern, founder of the UK’s Behavioural Insights Team.

As governments digitise and the appetite for data increases, it’s more important than ever for public servants to know how to effectively identify, use and present evidence as part of the policymaking process.

That’s why we hosted the first of two evidence-based policy workshops to teach you how to bring together the rigour of academic research, with the flexibility and agility policymakers need.

You learnt:

  1. The different types of evidence you can use in policymaking, and their relative strengths and weaknesses
  2. How to design and apply experimental approaches in policymaking
  3. Tips for effectively communicating research and delivering actionable insights
  4. What digital technologies can be used to make evidence-informed decisions

Who you heard from:

Beth Moon, head of behavioural insights at Ofgem; Jonathan Breckon, director of the Alliance for Useful Evidence; and Louise Shaxson, director of the Digital Societies programme at the Overseas Development Institute.


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