Uncertainty and its consequences in social policy evaluation and evidence-based decision-making
Speaker: Matthew Jukes, fellow and senior education evaluation specialist, RTI international
Date: 31 October 2018
Time: 12:45 PM – 2:00 PM BST
Venue: Jerry Morris B, LSHTM 15-17 Tavistock Place, London, UK, WC1H 9SH
The methodologies of RCTs and systematic reviews imply a high standard for the level of rigour in evidence-based decision making. When these standards are not met, how should decision makers act? The question addressed by the speaker is: What level of certainty is required for which kinds of decisions? He argues that decisions should be made based on a consideration of both the uncertainty and consequences of all possible outcomes. A framework will be presented for making decisions on partial evidence. The framework has implications for the generation of evidence as well. A more systematic analysis of uncertainty and its consequences can improve approaches to decision-making and to the generation of evidence.
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