Head of Policy on the BBC World Service

12 December 2016

Sharon Witherspoon FAcSS, Head of Policy at the Academy and Campaign, was recently interviewed on the BBC World Service on evidence in policymaking.

Ms Witherspoon discussed the importance of the social sciences in shedding light on complex issues. She also traced the historical evolution of evidence-based policymaking in government, some of its challenges, and how to improve it.

In the interview, Ms Witherspoon said:

“Part of what drives social science is realising that lots of the common sense things we take for granted aren’t quite as true as we’d all like to think.

“What is underappreciated is that information alone is rarely the answer to get people to behave according to the evidence. Behaviour is complicated.”

Listen to the full BBC World Service interview