With so much research, data and evidence in the world, it’s tough to pull it together in a useful way.
With accessible software tools and workflows, machines can be left to do the laborious work so that people can focus on planning, thinking and doing.
President Cyril Ramaphosa must prioritise evidence-based policy making.
Ramaphosa’s "new dawn" will require a rigorous evidence-base of what works to guide high-level policy planning and design.
By focusing on evidence to inform policy, Africa can tackle some major problems.
Africa has a real challenge when it comes to using academic research and evidence to design policies.
A Malawian woman receives a bednet to protect her and her child from mosquitoes that spread malaria.
MSF/ Wilfred Masebo
Malaria elimination in Malawi is lagging because research isn't being used properly.
To conserve Earth’s remarkable species, such as the violet sabrewing, we must also defend the importance of science.
To conserve Earth's remarkable species, we must also defend the importance of science and scientific integrity.
Weighing up the evidence for surgery is just one thing to consider before going under the knife.
There's often limited evidence for many common types of surgery. Understanding what makes good evidence is the key to deciding what's best for you.
There isn’t enough robust data around what teaching style are effective in higher education.
Research looking at evidence-based teaching in higher education tends to be based more on anecdotes than on large, robust and peer-reviewed data.
In-depth surveys allow governments to drill their understanding down to street level.
Image courtesy GCRO/Clive Hassall
Without data, people don't know what to believe or whom to trust. Empirical, thorough data collected by academics can help to fill important governance gaps.
Piles of evidence don’t make any difference if they’re not being used to develop policy.
Researchers and policymakers need to talk to each other. If they don't, important research will merely gather dust and policies might do more harm than good.
Successful group outcomes aren’t guaranteed by the simple recipe of ‘Just add diversity.’
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The relationship between social science research and advocates and policymakers is undermined if they cherry-pick evidence that supports their goals, ignoring the wider field.
Mourners outside the Bataclan in Paris after the 13 November attacks.
We must improve religious literacy among politicians. They should look to universities for more insight.
Grasping for a solution.
There's a worrying lack of evidence for what works when it comes to drug treatment. And our addiction services are suffering as a result.
Treasury Secretary John Fraser now has plenty of company in calling for a ‘fundamental rethink’ of retirement income policy.
Over the last six months a public consensus has emerged among academics, think tanks, community organisations, elements of the superannuation industry and most politicians about superannuation.
Anyone going to mention RCTs today?
A new survey has found MPs are largely in favour of randomised controlled trials, even if they don't understand why.
Science is under attack but we must defend it if we want to improve politics in Australia.
Our nation’s future depends on the quality of its thinking and its leaders. As such, science must be at the core of our national discourse.
One in three women will experience physical or sexual violence.
EPA/Alessandro Di Marco
A series of research projects is to take place in countries including Afghanistan, Palestine and South Africa to address our significant lack of knowledge about how to prevent physical and sexual violence…
Measuring progress on tackling the impact of poverty.
Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive
Overcoming educational disadvantage is not easy. Even before they enter the school gates for the first time, a variety of factors including inheritance, social class, parenting style and family income…
Social workers can successfully work with most families that find themselves in trouble without taking their children away.
After a long period of expansion in the number of children living in out-of-home care, most modern child protection systems around the world have been labouring to prevent such placements. Instead, they’re…
All your fault.
Bovine tuberculosis (TB) is expected to cost British taxpayers nearly £100m in 2014. Scientific evidence is a vital weapon in the fight to protect cattle from TB. Why, then, has the government just fought…
Phonics is not the only way.
Pearls of Jannah
How can there be such high profile disagreement about an issue as extensively researched and important as the teaching of reading to young children? In July, a group of teachers and phonics consultants…