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Breckon, Jonathan and Roberts, Isobel . (2016) Using research evidence: a practice guide. London: Nesta and Alliance for Useful Evidence. 58 p.

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Research evidence can help you understand what works, where, why and for whom. It can also tell you what doesn’t work, and you can avoid repeating the failures of others by learning from evaluations of unsuccessful programmes. Evidence also challenges what we might think is common sense. Whether it’s in a police station, a school classroom or the boardroom of a charity, evidence can help you make better decisions. It is helpful not only in frontline service-delivery, but also in creating smarter organisations

Contents:
Introduction 4
Section A: What is evidence-informed decision-making, and why focus on research? 6
Section B: When can evidence help you? 13
Section C: ‘Horses for courses’ – What evidence should you choose? 18
• Part 1: Different types of research methods, designs and approaches 20
• Part 2: How do you judge the quality of research? 29
Section D: Where should you look for evidence? 38
Section E: How should you communicate your findings? 46
Summary 49

Appendix 1: Rationales for evidence and types of evidence required for policymakers 50
Appendix 2: Experimental designs for evaluating complex interventions 51
Appendix 3: Guidance on evidence quality, designs and methods 52


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Guideline
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:AOD disorder
Date:January 2016
Pages:58 p.
Publisher:Nesta and Alliance for Useful Evidence
Place of Publication:London
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Subjects:MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Organisational development > Workforce / staff skills and training
N Communication, information and education > Information transfer > Information transfer from research to practice
R Research > Research outcome > Policy implications of research
R Research > Research and evaluation method
T Demographic characteristics > Substance or health care worker
T Demographic characteristics > Doctor
T Demographic characteristics > Nurse
T Demographic characteristics > Prevention worker
T Demographic characteristics > Social worker

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