The Brief

To improve wellbeing effectively policy and practice should be grounded and informed by good quality evidence. This is particularly case now when resources are reducing and public service demand is rising. But opportunities to share evidence across borders and between sectors aren’t always being realised.

Our Evidence into Policy and Practice work explores how we can work together and learn from each other to produce better outcomes for citizens.

Our work began in 2013 with Evidence Exchange research conducted in partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and a partnership project with the Alliance for Useful Evidence.

Recently we have worked with cross sectoral partners across the UK to advance the recommendations of our InterAction research which explored how academics and the third sector can work together to influence policy & practice and our recent discussion paper the Scottish Approach to Evidence.  In December 2017 we held a roundtable to discuss co-produced evidence and robust methodologies in Newcastle and over winter 2017/18 re-ran our Evidence Exchange survey to assess what progress has been made in the sector.

In 2018 we plan to continue to work with our partners to develop our understanding of co-produced evidence and identifying the most appropriate next steps.

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