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A liberal approach to evidence-based policy-making

by Stephen Tall on July 31, 2015

View image | gettyimages.com “It is a fundamental principle of good public services that decisions are made on the basis of strong evidence and what we know works.” Danny Alexander and Oliver Letwin, launching the Government’s What Works Network of (…)

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‘One Hundred Days for Early Action’. Why evidence-based policy is a ‘Yes, but…’ way forward

by Stephen Tall on April 13, 2015

Alongside folk like Polly Toynbee, Gus O’Donnell and Richard Layard, I have a chapter in One Hundred Days for Early Action: Time for Government to put prevention first, published this weekend by the Early Action Task Force. Here’s how the (…)

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National Liberals and evidence-based policy: a reply to Jonathan Calder

by Stephen Tall on November 21, 2013

‘Whoever you vote for the political class gets in’ blogs Liberal England’s Jonathan Calder. It is, as ever from Jonathan, well worth reading. The first half holds up to deserved ridicule Nick Boles’ suggestion that the Tories set up a (…)

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If you’re interested in evidence-based policy, read this paper by Ben Goldacre now

by Stephen Tall on March 14, 2013

Last October, I wrote a brief post, So you like evidence-based policy? Here’s a couple of crucial things to remember…: To me, evidence-based policy is at heart a very liberal process. First, it demands that you measure your intended outcomes (…)

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Evidence-based policy is now official government policy. So will they actually follow the evidence?

by Stephen Tall on March 4, 2013

As of today, I officially work for a ‘What Works’ organisation – the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) – part of the ‘What Works Network’ Danny Alexander and Oliver Letwin are launching today. Here’s the Financial Times report: A drive to (…)

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A little bit about my job. A whole lot more about the importance of evidence-based policy and RCTs.

by Stephen Tall on November 23, 2012

A rare work-focused post follows… It’s been almost a year since I started a new job, working at the Education Endowment Foundation. It’s a new grant-making charity, a rare combination of a start-up with money (you can normally be one (…)

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So you like evidence-based policy? Here’s a couple of crucial things to remember…

by Stephen Tall on October 31, 2012

Evidence-based policy. How could anyone doubt its importance? Well, not me for a start. One of the good things about being signed-up to a liberal ideology is that a rational-sceptical outlook — a determination to look beyond gut instinct and (…)

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Mandatory work: if we believe in evidence-based policy it’s probably best to pay attention to the evidence

by Stephen Tall on June 16, 2012

Four months ago, when the political row over ‘workfare’ was at its peak, I wrote here on LibDemVoice that liberals needed to progress the debate beyond ‘the simple and simplistic ‘left/right’ attitudes currently on display, and start grappling with how best we can empower the individual to make the best of their own lives — […]

How do we make education evidence-led?

by Stephen Tall on March 10, 2014

That was the topic up for debate on Saturday at the Lib Dem conference fringe meeting organised by CentreForum and the Social Liberal Forum. I was one of the four panellists – speaking with my day-job hat on – alongside (…)

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‘What Works’? Here’s what I wrote for the Guardian Public live-chat about putting evidence to use in schools

by Stephen Tall on December 4, 2013

I’ve written a fair amount about evidence-based policy over the past couple of years – check-out my posts here – partly linked to my day-job fund-raising for the Education Endowment Foundation, a charity which aims to increase the attainment of (…)

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