Posts Tagged “ben goldacre”

Good intentions are not enough. Evaluation is essential

by Stephen Tall on November 20, 2014

I wrote an article for the latest edition of Philanthropy Impact magazine — now available online here — wearing my day-job hat as Development Director of the Education Endowment Foundation. Here’s what I said… Good intentions aren’t enough. Let me (…)

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Michael Gove: The Case for the Defence. And also the Case for the Prosecution.

by Stephen Tall on July 16, 2014

Unlike most Lib Dems, I am not a Gove-hater. But nor do I share the adulation those one on the Right bestow upon him. The man we must now call the former Education secretary was more complex than his critics allowed and more flawed than his fans admitted. No-one should doubt Michael Gove’s passion for […]

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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Tim Harford on the ‘evidence revolution’ taking place in education

by Stephen Tall on April 27, 2013

Tim ‘Undercover Economist’ Harford has a terrific piece in today’s FT — An evidence revolution — highlighting the use of research to inform and improve education. He picks up on the aspect of evidence-informed policy which has always excited my (…)

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The welfare debate and the age of the trollemic

by Stephen Tall on April 4, 2013

I decided to invent a new word yesterday: Is “trollemic” a word? If not it should be. Trollemic = deliberately OTT argument to generate controversy & make rational debate impossible. — Stephen Tall (@stephentall) April 3, 2013 It’s the welfare debate that’s prompted it, but it could be any other topic on a given week. […]

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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Liberal Hero of the Week #29: Ben Goldacre and

by Stephen Tall on January 25, 2013

Liberal Hero of the Week is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum. The series showcases those who promote any of the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book — economic, personal, political and social liberalism — regardless of party affiliation and from beyond Westminster. If they stick up […]

Ben Goldacre’s Bad Evidence should be Good News for liberals

by Stephen Tall on January 3, 2013

If you’ve any interest at all in evidence-based public policy, then do listen to Ben Goldacre’s Bad Evidence, available for the next 6 days on BBC iPlayer here. It’s a fascinating exploration of the issues around using randomised control trials (…)

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LDV readers vote Peter Tatchell your Liberal Voice of the Year

by Stephen Tall on January 18, 2010

Congratulations to Peter Tatchell, who has won Liberal Democrat Voice’s third annual Liberal Voice of the Year award – an award which publicly acknowledges the campaigning work of non-Liberal Democrats in promoting liberal values. Peter gained a plurality of votes, with 27%; the runner-up was author and journalist Ben Goldacre, with 20%.
Over 700 votes were […]

LDV’s Liberal Voice poll: a two-horse race* between Tatchell and Goldacre?

by Stephen Tall on January 14, 2010

Five days ago, LDV launched our search for our annual Liberal Voice of the Year, open only to non-Lib Dems, with you, our dear readers, forming the electorate. Voting will close this Sunday, 17th January. Here’s how the votes currently stack up:

11% (69) – Guy Herbert, general secretary of NO2ID, for his campaigning work […]