The next Evidence Week will bring parliamentarians and researchers together to champion the use of high quality research to develop policy, enrich parliamentarians’ understanding of key policy issues and develop researchers’ capacity to engage with policy makers.

While we have been incredibly lucky to use Upper Waiting Hall as part of our partnership with the House of Commons Library, POST and the select committees, the space is necessarily limited in the opportunities for engagement and by the short periods for which the content is accessible. The rethink necessitated by the covid-19 restrictions in 2020 has taken us and internal partners towards a virtual event which would overcome these constraints and extend reach and engagement considerably.

Please get in touch if you’d like to find out more about becoming an Evidence Week partner. We are asking potential partners to submit a short summary of the research topic they would like to feature.

Why partner?

By partnering Evidence Week you will join forces in Westminster with other organisations as an active and engaged member of the movement for evidence. Evidence Week is about ensuring parliament is equipped to scrutinise evidence in policymaking. It is an innovative way to make an impact among parliamentarians, policymakers and parliamentary staff, by:

  • discussing evidence with MPs and peers from across the political spectrum and parliamentary staff
  • learning about and contributing to the latest evidence-related issues facing MPs at constituency and national level
  • meeting with other evidence organisations and members of the public at the opening event
  • building policy engagement capacity within your organisation.

Evidence Pods criteria

Evidence Week asks whether parliament is up to the job of scrutiny in the 21st century. Evidence Pods at the Upper Waiting Hall stand are available for organisations to share insight or resources that will facilitate parliamentary scrutiny of evidence and policy.

The most successful events during previous Evidence Weeks involved providing MPs, peers and parliamentary staff with access to different kinds of data, with a promise of being able to learn something useful in just a few minutes. Research relating to prominent and complex policy areas (eg climate change and energy sources, data science, ‘wicked’ social policy issues) was a particular draw, as was research that could be broken down by constituency or region.

Evidence Pods are available for 3 minute briefings on research which meets the following criteria (A+B+C):

A + B + C
Offer MPs, peers and parliamentary staff the chance to learn something useful in just a few minutes.   – Insights and/or skills as a result of the briefing, or   – Access to evidence that they can return to, such as an accessible publicly available data set. Illuminate a concept or share insight that will aid scrutiny of evidence or policy.   Examples include: – Disaggregation of data. – Algorithms, prediction systems. – How we deal with outliers. Is something an outlier or a game changer? – Research quality – reliability, validation, independence, sampling, sample size… Relate to an area of interest to MPs.     Past examples include: – How do regions thrive? – Constituency data interfaces – Air quality – Working out the impact of the pupil premium – Drone noise – Addressing antimicrobial resistance.

If you have an idea for an Evidence Pod session that you think will work well but does not fit the above criteria, we would be happy to discuss it with you.

We would welcome a conversation about your involvement in Evidence Week 2020 and look forward to collaborating with you. Do get in touch.