Evidence-based policy making – international experience

A new report from the Alliance for Useful Evidence looks beyond the UK for inspiration on approaches to evidence-based policy making, with particular reference to social policy. The examples are drawn from nations similar to the UK (developed economies, some English-speaking) and there is also a review of international institutions, such as the EU, OECD and World Bank. The report outlines eight ‘lessons’ for the UK evidence infrastructure, including openness to different methods, the benefits of effective communication and the importance of working co-operatively across policy areas.