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Making government empirical

By David Halpern FAcSS (Chief Executive of the Behavioural Insights Team and What Works National Advisor) Something important is happening in government. Beneath the headlines on coronavirus, leaving the EU, and the latest on the US election, governments and public services are becoming more empirical – and more precisely – ‘experimental’. The outward sign is… Read more »

The impact of Covid-19 on vulnerable children and families

By Jo Casebourne (Chief Executive, Early Intervention Foundation) Ensuring evidence is part of the response to Covid-19 The Early Intervention Foundation is an independent charity, but we are also part of the What Works Network. This means we often play a role of being a critical friend to government when trying to ensure that evidence… Read more »

Attitudes to evidence among the UK public and politicians

The latest report from Ipsos MORI, explores the differing views of Whitehall politicians and perceptions of the public on the use of evidence by MPs to inform government decisions on policy. Kelly Beaver, Managing Director of Ipsos Mori public affairs and author of the report is also a board member of the Campaign for Social… Read more »

New Board appointments strengthen Campaign for Social Science

The Campaign for Social Science has today announced the appointment of four new Board members, drawing on extensive research, public policy and practitioner social science expertise. The new members are: Professor Jonathan Portes, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at King’s College, London; Ms Rachel Neaman, CEO of the Corsham Institute; Mr Bobby Duffy, Global… Read more »

Strategic Leadership Forum examines role of social science in Industrial Strategy

The first meeting of the Campaign’s newly convened Strategic Leadership Forum was held on 10 October.

Statement on appointment of new ESRC head

The Academy of Social Sciences congratulates Professor Jennifer Rubin on her appointment as Executive Chair of the Economic and Social Research Council.

Campaign welcomes initial guidelines for REF2021

The Campaign welcomes HEFCE’s publication of the initial guidelines for REF2021.

Campaign announces social science pipeline project

The Campaign is once again teaming up with partners SAGE Publishing on its latest research project looking at pathways into different social science disciplines at university and employment prospects for social science graduates.

Academy welcomes Smith Review

The Academy of Social Sciences has today welcomed Professor Sir Adrian Smith’s Review of Post 16 Mathematics which raises a number of important points related to the need for maths and data skills beyond those groups that go on to study maths and science at university. The report rightly determines that data and number skills… Read more »

Select Committee Chairs Announced

Select Committees announced new and returning chairs last week.

Academy and Campaign welcome new chair of Science and Technology Committee

The Academy and Campaign welcome the new chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee.