A Practical Guide for Establishing an Evidence Centre

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The Alliance for Useful Evidence is a network, hosted by Nesta, that champions the smarter use of evidence in social policy and practice.

Over the last 10 years there has been a growth in evidence centres being established – both in the UK and internationally. Some of these have been funded by national governments and others by independent research institutes or philanthropists. These centres aim to improve a range of societal outcomes (e.g. tackling housing problems, reducing crime or reducing poverty) by increasing the use of evidence in public policy and services.

However, each evidence centre has developed its own distinctive evidence philosophy and methods for working with its users, as suited to its unique context. A new report attempts to distil some of the learning that has been generated – both in the UK and internationally – about how to set up an evidence centre.

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