Evidence Works 2016 – In Pictures — October 12, 2016

Evidence Works 2016 – In Pictures

By: Karen Anderson and Jonathan Breckon 

We’re back from London!

Evidence Works 2016: A Global Forum for Government was a great event and we are excited to build on the momentum coming out of the forum in the coming months.

We will have more to report out on the forum shortly, but in the meantime, we wanted to share the great photos captured during the gathering of global leaders committed to using evidence and data to improve lives.

You can also view the full album here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskLqFkcT

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The ‘demand’ side of evidence-based policy making: why and how. Two great days of discussion and sharing in London — October 11, 2016

The ‘demand’ side of evidence-based policy making: why and how. Two great days of discussion and sharing in London

By Arnaldo Pellini
Lead – K2P Learning at the Knowledge Sector Initiative and Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute

This blog originally appeared on the Knowledge Sector Initiative webpage.           Views expressed are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent those of Results for All.


Last week, I attended Evidence Works 2016: A Global Forum For Government. The event was convened by four organisations, all of which, in different ways, work on the demand and use of evidence in policy making: the Alliance 4 Useful Evidence and NESTA in the UK, and two initiatives from the US, Results for America and Results for All.

Interestingly, the conference was held at the Royal Society. This was established by philosophers and physicians in 1663 as ‘The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge’ at a time when kings and queens were thought to have a divine right to make decisions. Today, it is the UK’s national science academy with a fellowship of some 1,600 of the world’s most eminent scientists. Its motto, nullius in verba, means take nobody’s word for it and expresses an appeal to facts determined by experiment against the domination of authority.

The conference hosted 150 participants from about 40 countries. Unlike other conferences I have attended over the last few years, it had a distinct ‘demand and use of evidence’ flavour. The majority of the participants were civil servants and policy makers who, in one way or another, are trying to bring evidence to life in governments and parliaments.

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We’re headed to London! — September 6, 2016

We’re headed to London!

evidence-works-2016_logo-266x266Thursday 29th of September 2016 -Friday 30th of September 2016

The Royal Society, London

Evidence Works 2016 is a private forum for senior government officials, to engage in dialogue and exchange about the policies and practices governments around the world are putting in place to promote the use of evidence and data in policymaking, to improve outcomes for citizens and communities.

The two day agenda will consist of plenary discussions and a series of breakout sessions that will allow participants to engage more deeply on specific topics and issues related to the use of evidence and data in policymaking. The gathering will offer a unique opportunity for a diverse group of senior-level government officials and policymakers to network and lay the foundation for an ongoing global dialogue around evidence. Delegates will be attending from over 40 countries, across Africa, Asia, Latin America, North America, Europe, Australasia.

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Why a global forum for government on evidence?

There is growing recognition that in addition to creating technical capacity, a government’s organizational processes and practices play an influential role in promoting the use of evidence and data. The forum is an opportunity for government to share experiences, including challenges, solutions and lessons learnt in establishing strategic approaches for promoting evidence-informed policymaking.

This event is organized in partnership with Nesta and Results for All/Results for America, with support from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Please note that attendance at Evidence Works 2016 is by invitation only.  

Reports from the event including videos and blogs will be available on our website in October.