Working Paper 10
This working paper sets out eleven lessons for taking a strategic approach to building and managing an evidence base for policy. It provides a short synthesis of three case studies that show how two government departments and one partnership organisation each develop and manage their own complex evidence base. The paper shows that at any level it is possible to take a strategic and systematic approach to evidence, but it may take time and involve a process of significant change. While all three case studies were written about UK government departments and their stakeholder organisations, the lessons that are drawn from them can be taken up and used by people who are working in other countries to improve the use of evidence within government.