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Making sense of evidence-informed policy and practice

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Dovecot Studios Ltd

10 Infirmary Street

Edinburgh

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Are you involved in creating, sharing or using research-based evidence for the betterment of policy and practice? Would you like to know more about current trends and issues affecting evidence use in areas as diverse as education, health & social care, the criminal justice services, and the environment & sustainability? Would you like to learn more about the activities and debates around ‘evidence use’ elsewhere in the UK and internationally, while having conversations rooted in the Scottish context?

A new cross-sector analysis exploring the past two decades of evidence-informed policy & practice has just been launched: What Works Now? published by Policy Press (2019). The Scottish Universities Insight Institute (SUII), the Research Unit for Research Utilisation (RURU) and the Scottish Policy and Research Exchange (SPRE) invite you to join us for a broad discussion around this theme at the Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh (Ladies Baths).

Short presentations will outline the insights gained and provide ample opportunity for discussion of the practical implications in an informal and welcoming environment.


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14:00 Coffee and registration

14:15 Welcome & introductory comments (Charlie Woods, SUII)

14:30 What do we mean by 'evidence'? The changing contours of the evidence landscape (Huw Davies, RURU)

15:10 How can we deliver evidence-informed policy and practice? (Nick Bibby, SPRE)

15:50 Embedding evidence-informed policy and practice (open panel discussions)

16:30 Refreshments and networking.

17:15 Close

The event is open to a very wide range of interested practitioners: for example, academics in any of the professions and supporting disciplines, as well as in the social and political sciences; policy makers and their advisors and analytic support staff; service managers tasked with shaping evidence-informed services; and third sector organisations and intermediaries seeking more influence and evidence-informed discussions.

Attendance at this event is free but numbers are strictly limited and so registration is essential.

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