Broadening the evidence base: science and social science in social policy

8 January 2013, 12pm

8 January 2013 (12:00 - 14:00 including lunch)

Hosted by The Alliance of Useful Evidence at Nesta

Chair: Professor Paul Boyle, Chief Executive, ESRC

What distinctive contributions can the natural sciences, engineering and social sciences make to policy in areas such as social care, education, healthcare and crime? How can evidence and expert inputs from a range of disciplines more effectively interact and contribute to better policymaking? This seminar will review the contribution of specific tools such as RCTs and systematic reviews, and look at what science can learn from the social sciences, and vice versa.

This seminar will build on the recent series of 'Making Policy Better' seminars, jointly organised by IfG, the Alliance for Useful Evidence and NIESR.

A write up of the seminar and video coverage can be found here.

Confirmed speakers
  • Professor Paul Wiles, former Chief Scientific Adviser at the Home Office
  • Rebecca Endean, Chief Scientific Adviser, and Director of Analytical Services at the Ministry of Justice
  • Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive, Nesta
  • Chris Wormald, Permanent Secretary, Department for Education and Head of Policy Profession

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Other seminars in this series

This is the second in a series of four seminars looking at ways in which government can make more effective use of scientists and scientific advice to improve policymaking. This shared initiative of five partners – The Institute for Government (IfG); The Alliance for Useful Evidence; The University of Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP); SPRU and the ESRC STEPS Centre at Sussex University; and Sciencewise-ERC – will stimulate fresh thinking and practical recommendations on future directions for scientific advice in Whitehall, and will lead to the publication of a collection of essays and a final conference in London on 18 April 2013.

For more information on other seminars in this series, and to register to attend , please follow the links below:

Seminar 1: Culture clash – bridging the divide between science and policy
20 November 2012 (18:00 - 19:30 followed by drinks). Hosted by the Institute for Government at IfG.

Seminar 3: Experts, publics and open policy
15 January 2013 (17:00 - 19:00 including networking). Organised by Sciencewise-ERC, and hosted by Lord Krebs at the House of Lords.

Seminar 4: Credibility across cultures: the international politics of scientific advice
6 & 7 Feburary 2013 (starting with dinner on 6 February). Hosted by the STEPS Centre and SPRU at the University of Sussex.