What works in learning what works?

We intuitively know, and politicians regularly proclaim, that evidence should inform policy. So why did it take over a decade to move from Dr. Barry Marshall vomiting in his lab having taken the extreme measure of drinking a H. Pylori bacteria cocktail to prove that this bug causes stomach ulcers (which can then be cured by antibiotics) to these antibiotics being routinely used in medical practice? And why is the Troubled Families Programme so unusual in the plethora of government mega-initiatives, simply by having a robust evaluation published showing where it works (and where not)?

Final independent financial review report on 2017/18 savings

The second and final report from the LGA-co-ordinated independent financial review team is now available. Commissioned jointly by Birmingham City Council and the Birmingham Improvement Panel, the review looks at the way the city council has developed its 2017/18 savings proposals. The first stage of the review took place in mid-December 2016, with the report […]