The Evidence Information Service: Promoting GW4 Research on Evidence-Based Policy

Initiator and Accelerator Fund

Project period: September 2015 – January 2016, July 2016 – March 2017

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Hannah Durrant, Professor Julie Barnett
University of Bristol: Dr Deborah Wilson, Georgina Brereton, Alexia MacDonald
Cardiff University: Dr Andrew Kythreotis, Professor Chris Chambers, Dr Gerard O’Grady
University of Exeter: Dr Natalia Lawrence

Project overview

The overarching aim of this research is to determine the utility and feasibility of establishing a new UK Evidence Information Service (EIS). The primary goal of EIS would be to act as a rapid matchmaker to connect the UK academic community and policy makers (including parliamentarians) in the service of evidence-based public policy.

Further information

We aim to answer the following questions:

  1. How do the UK general public view the EIS as a tool in connecting policy-makers with academics? (WP1)
  2. What do the UK general public see as the main drivers and barriers to implementing evidence-based policy-making in the UK? (WP1)
  3. What are the practical and political implications of establishing the EIS in conjunction with existing parliamentary systems to improve evidence-based policy-making? (WP2)
  4. Will the proposed structure work, and ensure efficient communication between policy-makers and academics?