Useful evidence: getting research evidence valued and used – Thursday 21 November 2019

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Research evidence is just one factor that can influence decision-making at a policy and practice level. Various interventions have been developed to enhance and support the use of research evidence by decision-makers, but which are effective? Jonathan Breckon's talk is informed by a systematic review of research into research use, resulting in the COM-B framework for encouraging research use, developed by researchers at UCL, and adopted by a range of foundations and government agencies in UK and overseas. 

This talk will give some practical tips on the best mechanisms for getting research evidence valued and used. Attendees will be encouraged to look at ways of adopting these insights within their own organisations.



Jonathan Breckon has been Director of the Alliance for Useful Evidence since it was created at Nesta in 2012. Formerly Director of Policy and Public Affairs at the Arts and Humanities Research Council, he has had policy roles at the Royal Geographical Society, the British Academy, and Universities UK. He is a member of the Cabinet Office What Works Council and a Director of the Department for Education’s What Works for Children’s Social Care..

His research and professional interests cover politics and psychology, particularly the ever-awkward relationship between evidence and policy-making. He is a Visiting Professor at Strathclyde University and a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at King’s College London’s Policy Institute.

The Alliance for Useful Evidence

The Alliance for Useful Evidence is a network, hosted by the UK’s innovation charity Nesta, that champions the smarter use of evidence in social policy and practice.

We do this through advocacy, convening events, sharing ideas and resources, and supporting individuals and organisations through advice and training.

We promote our work through our open access network of more than 4,300 individuals from across government, universities, charities, businesses, and local authorities in the UK and internationally. Anyone can join the Alliance network, at no cost.


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Provisional Timetable

14:00 - 14:30   Registration (and refreshments)

14:30 - 15.30   Speaker presentation

15.30 - 16:00   Tea and networking

16:00 - 16:30   Syndicate session

16:30 - 17:00   General discussion and wrap-up

17:00 - 18:00   Refreshments and a glass of wine

18:00               Close


The British Dental Association, 64 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8YS (The nearest London Underground Station is Bond Street)

Seminar Costs

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Price: £30.00