A REFLECTION ON EVIDENCE WORKS 2016 — November 22, 2016


By Peter Harris
Chairman of the Productivity Commission, Australia

I found Evidence Works 2016 to be positive and refreshing evidence in itself of great commitment and intelligent, locally-fashioned solutions to measurement and evaluation challenges by people from a wide array of countries.


At the Australian Productivity Commission, we are strong advocates of using data and analysis to illustrate, in engaging ways, for both the public and the politicians the true shape of a public policy problem and the way it is best addressed in an Australian context.

We can prove that such systems work, through our decades of experience in putting before governments, after development in open public process, the kind of thorough assessment work which both socialises change within the community and at the same time offers clear guidance on what is likely to work.

While not every one of our reports is immediately adopted, even where they are not the data stays in the public arena, and remains quoted persistently whenever the issue – still by definition unaddressed, and thus often recurring – attracts further calls for change.  The evidence is an asset for the community to draw on, and creates its own case for well-managed reform.

The Australian Government’s Productivity Commission provides independent research and advice to Government on economic, social and environmental issues affecting the welfare of Australians.


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.