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Is evidence enough? How academics can influence policy. Dr Ellen Flint, Department for Work and Pensions

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Seminar series: ‘The challenges of experimental government’.

Funding kindly provided by the Health Foundation.

5pm, Alison Richards Building, POLIS , SG1

Randomised Control Trials, behavioural insights and ‘nudge’ style policy interventions have become popular in government, development policy, academia and business. There is, however, a lack of information and evidence on the challenges of setting up and implementing these complex social interventions and experimental evaluations particularly documenting when things go wrong and why. This seminar series brings together leading academics and policy makers to provide case studies and field stories of how to design and implement social policy experiments.

In the final seminar this term Dr Ellen Flint, Head of Scientific Strategy at Department for Work and Pensions will discuss how evidence ‘gets into policy’ and the challenges policy makers and academics face when working together.

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