Evaluations – are they of any use? Reflections before and after the UKES conference

I’m looking forward to attending the UK Evaluation Society’s annual conference this year. Its focus on the usefulness of evaluations appears to be more topical than ever.

In a political climate dominated by stories of ‘fake news’, ‘alternative facts’ and ‘not trusting experts’, the conference presents an opportunity to show how good quality evidence does make a difference. So, I’m really interested in learning from, and challenging, experts on how they use evidence in their analysis and findings to inform public debate and influence those in power and authority.

That’s my expectation…..I’ll let you know if it’s met when I come back from the conference! Watch this space!

Richard Burge, May 2017