Evidence-informed policy at heart of 'What Works' centres

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Evidence, data and numbers must be built into the DNA of Whitehall, it was asserted at this week’s launch of a new government initiative to improve the use of experiments and trials in public policy.
 
Oliver Letwin, the Cabinet Office minister said that “Government must become more rational”, hence the new ‘What Works’ centres which will draw on research to test whether policies on crime, local economic growth, ageing, health and schools are valid.

Announcing the new chair for RSS getstats campaign

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We are extremely pleased to announce that the new Chair of the getstats Campaign Board is Robert Chote, Chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR).
 
Looking forward to his new role, Robert said “The campaign is a great initiative. Improving public understanding of numbers, quantitative data and statistics is a huge challenge – for schools and colleges, journalists and bloggers, parliamentarians and commentators and civil servants and business people too. The campaign has made a great start”.

Former RSS president appointed to UKSA board

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Former RSS president, Professor David Hand, is to take up the post of non-executive director at the UK Statistics Authority for three years, from 1 April 2013.

David was President of the Royal Statistical Society for two terms, 2008-09 and 2010. He is still very active in the Society, being current chair of the Society’s National Statistics Advisory Group as well as director of the Society’s National Statistics theme. He won the Royal Statistical Society’s Guy Medal in Silver in 2002 and was awarded the OBE for services to Research and Innovation in the New Year Honours in 2013.

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