Using research evidence : a practice guide

Source:
National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts
Publisher:
National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA)
Publication date:
01 January 2016

Abstract

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.