- National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts
- National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA)
- Publication date:
- 01 January 2016
This practice guide has been created to support the use of research evidence by decision-makers in government, charities, voluntary organisations, professional membership bodies and local authorities working in UK social policy and practice. The guide is divided into five sections: Section A discusses what is meant by evidence-informed decision-making, and why research is an essential element of it; Section B explores different scenarios in which using evidence can help, as well as the types of evidence that might be needed at different stages of development; Section C looks at different types of evidence, examines how to choose the most appropriate, and discusses how to judge the quality of evidence; Section D offers advice and resources to help find the right evidence to support a case; and Section E focuses on how to get the message across once using the evidence obtained.
This guide is designed to help you:
- Learn about evidence-informed decision-making, and why research is an essential element of it.
- Understand the different scenarios when 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.