THE EVIDENCE INFORMATION SERVICE PROMOTING GW4 RESEARCH ON EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY
Project period: July 2016 – March 2017
This community previously received Initiator Funding for the project: The Evidence Information Service: promoting GW4 research on evidence-based policy
GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Hannah Durrant, Julie Barnett
University of Bristol: Deborah Wilson, Georgina Brereton, Alexia MacDonald
Cardiff University: Andrew Kythreotis (PI), Chris Chambers (replaced AK as PI), Gerard O’Grady
University of Exeter: Natalia Lawrence
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.
The community initially brought together the GW4 core team to consult on the EIS during a GW4 Initiator Award. With the Accelerator funding the community extended this consultation UK-wide, including Universities, Research Institutes and members of UK learned societies in a survey. The results of this survey were published in an academic article and as a non-academic report disseminated to stakeholders. An RA employed by the community completed several placements at stakeholders including the House of Commons Library and the National Assembly for Wales Research Service, in order to understand how these services respond to requests for information and to develop a model of how the EIS may practically work and the risks/challenges. The community have gone on to receive further external funding to support the development of the EIS.