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There is increasing interest within government in rigorous evidence – with randomised control trials representing the ‘gold standard’ and the What Works centres being established as ‘NICEs for social policy’. But does the extrapolation from medicine to social sciences really work in practice? How do policy makers and public servants know what facts are relevant to a particular case and what are not? Will what worked in one place work in another? And what happens when evidence and professional judgement clash?

This London based talk is presented by Jeremy Hardie and Nancy Cartwright, who have published Evidence-Based Policy: A Practical Guide to Doing It Better.

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