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What Should the 'What Works Network' Do?

What Should the 'What Works Network' Do?

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In March 2013 Nesta hosted the launch of the What Works Network. Led by the ESRC, Cabinet office and the Big Lottery Fund, these new centres have the ambitious task of improving the links between the supply, the demand, and the use of evidence. These will complement existing bodies – NICE in health, and the Education Endowment Foundation in schools, orchestrating evidence across the areas of active and independent ageing, early intervention, policing and local economic growth.
This short paper recommends five ways that the What Works centres can ensure that they maximise their impact, and avoid the mistakes of past evidence initiatives, which were often overly focused on supply rather than demand and use, and on academic research to the exclusion of other types of evidence.
In March 2013 Nesta hosted the launch of the What Works Network. Led by the ESRC, Cabinet office and the Big Lottery Fund, these new centres have the ambitious task of improving the links between the supply, the demand, and the use of evidence. These will complement existing bodies – NICE in health, and the Education Endowment Foundation in schools, orchestrating evidence across the areas of active and independent ageing, early intervention, policing and local economic growth.
This short paper recommends five ways that the What Works centres can ensure that they maximise their impact, and avoid the mistakes of past evidence initiatives, which were often overly focused on supply rather than demand and use, and on academic research to the exclusion of other types of evidence.

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What should the
‘WhatWorks NetWork’
do?
In Mc 2013 N  lnc   W W Nw.L b  esrC, Cbin ocn  Big L Fn,  nw cn   mbii   imping  lin bwn ppl,  mn, n    inc. t will cmplmn xiing bi – NICe inl, n  ecin enwmn Fnin in cl, cing inc c   ci n inpnn ging, l innin, plicing n lcl cnmic gw.ti  pp cmmn  w   W W cn cn n   mximii impc, n i  mi  p inc iniii, wic w n l cn ppl  n mn n , n n cmic c   xclin   p inc.In mm,  W W cn l:1. oc ll ln in  inc
rm   rm xprimn, qiiv rrc qniiv, prciinr inig  xprinc:  ky i  c n w’ m iky imprv  civn   r  vinc. t wi inc cmmnicing w n’wrk  w  w  – n n ying wy rm bing bn.
2. Inl  lil   inc in  ping  w pgmm, piiiin ngnnc –
 mr  y r wnrip   rgniin,  mr iky i i y wi v m.
3. Mbili inc  mlipl p  
rm picymking  nin r c v mngmn n rn–in civiy.
4. t  infnc  cin  nw inc –
 nr i r iv cmping prbm,n wr pib  bring wn  c  vinc crin. evinc  n  pprinnvin n xprimn – n cr i.
5. B   p
 W Wrk Nwrk  rc n i wn impc, rn rm vinc b vinc, n rpn  w i n in’ civ.
r Pic n G Mlgn
 
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What should the
‘What Works NetWork’
do?
 
1CoNsIder aLL tyPes oF reLevaNt evIdeNCe
t W W cn l c ll in  inc – m   ml xpimn,qlii c  qnii, pciin inig  xpinc. t will inclcmmnicing w n’ w  wll  w  – n n ing w m bing bln.
t W Wrk cnr cvr  rng  picy r, wi gr vrinc in  p  knwgn vinc vib in  f. ec W Wrk cnr wi v   wi inrvnin nprgrmm  vri g  vpmn, n   cnr wi n vinc r irnprp n inc. ti mn  W Wrk Nwrk wi n 
cni  ng in lin n c m in   nn  cin  innin.
a N w v p n vp
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 prvi  r ngg rnrning  vinc nrpinning pricr pici r prcic. a  igr v ymic m  rnmi ri n cnr cn bring rigr  wing w wrk. B inmny f r i vry i vinc  i kin.
Figr 1:
N sn  einc
(src: Pick n lw 2012)
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a  r, r i n cic b  rw n  wi rng  rc. acmic rc cn nrcrin qiy criri v bn m. B pbicin g cn y nw pprc bing inif,n  pprc wic rn’ n  rr  cmi cn b mi  niry.I w   W Wrk Nwrk rr n 
cni  b ng  c, c m inpnn c gniin, in n li, gnmn iw, pn ,minii , n lin cmmiin m pi gniin,  wll  bcn inig m ic  ml.
Level 2
You capture data that showspositive change, but you cannotconfirm you caused this.
Level 3
You can demonstrate causalityusing a control or comparisongroup.
Level 4
You have one + independentreplication evaluations thatconfirms these conclusions.
Level 5
You have manuals, systems andprocedures to ensure consistentreplication and positive impact.
Level 1
You can describe what you doand why it matters, logically,coherently and convincingly.
 
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What should the
‘What Works NetWork’
do?
 
t cn b mpp gin  nr  vinc – b xprinc gg  in  f rng inig cm rm    mip yp  vinc. In,  ing RCt my b mrmiing n mip fning rm r,  rigr rc   pin in  m ircin.t ky pin i  pririi n, n  rcr cc   m  vinc wicwn’ wy b  vinc wi  rng rm crni.t nw cnr   b rnk n n b w i n wrking, j  mc  w i.ti invv  W Wrk cnr
infncing ciin  cmmiin n p ning lci innin,
j  mc  y ncrg  pin  w i wrking. Y r n  b rcgniin  r r
iing g  ‘il’.
t W Wrk cnr wi n mk cr wn imprvmn  n inrvnin r n n r fcin, r wn  ir  gr n  inrvnin  b rmin gr.
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 ti rnkn rqir  W Wrk nwrk  rin inpnnc rm gvrnmn. ony nwi y b n  r crib vic, n b nb  cnrcivy criici ciin mkingwn piicin, fci, n r i  gvrnmn, g gin w i knwn wi crrin r jifcin.
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2INvoLve the users oF evIdeNCe
Inl  lil   inc in  ping  w pgmm, piiiin ngnnc:  m    wnip   gniin,  m lil i i  will l m.
t W Wrk cnr  b mn–, nring vinc i  n b. tciv i r wi n  b
nggmn wi  ng  in , m plicm,cmmiin, pciin, cmic, ic , mi, n  ng   lngi.
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Wr  y n vinc? W r irpririi? Wr i  bigg gp bwn wy knw n w y n  knw? hw cnvinc b mr  n rvn?ti nggmn n’ b n   n xrci, in r  b ymic bck  g –  pin w wi rrn .encrging y circ n ir qivn in wy  mbing  cr  k vincriy. sy circ r rgr ming prciinr  rc n nw vinc n rninxprinc. ty xi n  m c in mc n pi – b c bcm mc mrwipr in  f, n mng criir picymkr. ty cn n pniy prvibck  rrcr n w‘ m .In iin,  W Wrk Nwrk  bipn n cmpmn  wrk ry nrwy. tuK Gvrnmn i pning p mc  i   binrrg n . W v  wr–c cmicrrc b  ii,  w  xcn inpnnrrc iniin n nin, c  Wcm tr n dringn sci Rrc uni.
allinc  ul einc
t ainc r u evinc i nwrk  vr 1,000 mmbr,ncmping r n prcr vinc rm cr cmi,ir cr, cmpni, prvir,gvrnmn, n r, rm  uKn rn  wr. a cmpnn  ainc r u evinci  prvi  rm r icin,b n knwg ring, r wrking in  m f, n nb i  b r crirn cr. tr r mnyvn  cr  uK, n nmbr  icin ppr rgrypbi n  rng  i, rmcinifc vic in gvrnmn    vinc by crii, nnmr r  pic. Fr rri n  jin  ainc ru evinc :

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