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Test, Learn, Adapt: Developing Public Policy with Randomised Controlled Trials

by on 12 September, 2012

Picture of Ben Goldacre Joint Author of Test learn Adapt

Ben Goldacre of Bad Science fame – joint author of Test, Learn, Adapt

The Cabinet Office Nudge Unit launched ‘Test, Learn, Adapt’ a call to arms for researchers in public service to use more Randomised Control Trials. ‘Test, Learn, Adapt’ sets out nine separate steps that are required to set up any RCT.

“The introduction of a randomly assigned control group enables you to compare the effectiveness of new interventions against what would have happened if you had changed nothing. RCTs are the best way of determining whether a policy or intervention is working. We believe that policymakers should begin using them much more systematically.”

It makes a good read and dispels some of the usual arguments that get trotted out when proposing robust practice to generate evidence.

Download Final Test Learn Adapt

Picture Credit: Poptech 2012

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