Economist, author and MP Andrew Leigh spoke to Fiona Fidler about how we should be using randomised trials more to drive decisions and policy in public life.
Like all good health care, improving health in remote settings requires an evidence base. But forcing all research questions into the randomised controlled trial model is not the answer.
Some 85% of research into drugs and treatments ends up on the cutting room floor but not all of that should.
A re-analysis of research into deworming interventions at Kenyan schools has confirmed some findings and disputed others. However, it does not take away from the programme's effectiveness.