Show Me the Evidence

Thursday 8th December 2011, 11.30am - 1pm, Committee Room 10, House of Commons

A closer look at the extent to which policy making processes are informed by evidence, focusing on research in developing countries

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Speakers' biographies

Policymakers and the staff who support them are increasingly aware that decision making should be informed by reliable evidence. However, there is debate over how to achieve this. There is a limited but growing body of research in this area, from both the developed and the developing world.  In this seminar a panel of parliamentarians, parliamentary staff and external experts discuss what lessons can be learned to date from research into evidence informed policy making, focussing mainly on the developing world. The seminar will look at the work of both legislatures and governments and ask how such research could help guide the work of researchers as well as organisations whose role is to provide policymakers with reliable information.


11.30 Chair’s welcome

11.35-12.10 Presentations from panel, including:

  • Chandrika Nath (PPT PPT 184 KB), manager of African capacity building activities, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST).
  • Hon. Obua Denis Hamsom MP, Chair, Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Parliament of Uganda.
  • Louise Shaxson (tbc) and Ajoy Datta, Research and Policy in Development (RAPID), Overseas Development Institute.
  • Kirsty Newman, Head of Evidence Informed Policy Making, International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications.
  • Bryn Morgan, Director of Research, Department of Information Services, House of Commons.

12.10-1.00 Discussion

To attend please email or telephone 0207 219 8377