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News - 5 March 2013

New Evidence Centre initiative will direct £200bn of UK spending

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, and Minister for Government Policy, Oliver Letwin have announced a proposed network of Evidence Centres which will assist the national Government and Local Authorities in providing comprehensive evidence to guide decision making on £200bn of public spending.

The What Works Network (WWN), a key action in the Civil Service reform plan, will consist of two existing centres of excellence – the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the Educational Endowment Foundation (EEF) – plus four new independent institutions responsible for gathering, assessing and sharing the most robust evidence to inform policy and service delivery in tackling crime, promoting active and independent ageing, effective early intervention, and fostering local economic growth.

The network will be part-funded by the government with significant contributions from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Lavinia Newman, founder of ABDS comments:
“This initiative will build upon existing evidence-based policy making. These independent specialist centres will produce and disseminate research to local decision makers, supporting them in investing in services that deliver the best outcomes for citizens and value for money for taxpayers. The centres will also feed insights into the heart of government to inform national decision-making.”

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said:
"It is vital that we continue using evidence-based policy making to shape decisions on public spending, particularly in this financial climate. The What Works Network will bring a real step-change to our evidence generating capabilities, and will further ensure government takes decisions at the Spending Round and future events on the basis of high quality research aimed at delivering the best possible outcomes for the public."

Minister for Government Policy, Oliver Letwin said:
"The What Works Network will support commissioners and decision-makers at every level of government – from head teachers and local police chiefs, to ministers and civil servants. A decade from now, we will wonder how we ever did without it."

If you need any help and advice on changes in legislation and how it could impinge upon your business, contact Lavinia Newman, Stuart Coleman or Tonmoy Kumar to discuss how ABDS can help

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