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Minimum wages are a great success story for evidence – we cannot stop now

January 18, 2021
Ahead of his inauguration on Wednesday, President-Elect Joe Biden has announced his intention to create a $15 minimum wage across America – a substantial move to support the working poor of America. What does a minimum wage do? The answer, of course, is many things. It’s a big intervention into a complex system. Let’s think…
  • January 18, 2021

    Minimum wages are a great success story for evidence – we cannot stop now

    Ahead of his inauguration on Wednesday, President-Elect Joe Biden has announced his intention to create a $15 minimum wage across America – a substantial move to support the working poor of America. What does a minimum wage do? The answer, of course, is many things. It’s a big intervention into a complex system. Let’s think…
  • January 8, 2021

    The EQ Guest Speaker: Prof. Lindsey Macmillan

    We were thrilled to have Prof. Lindsey Macmillan as a guest speaker at The EQ. Lindsey is Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities at UCL, where she works to design and inform evidence-led education policy and wider practice to equalise opportunities across the life course. Lindsey’s own research considers…
  • December 22, 2020

    Book Review: Time Smart – by Ashley Whillans

    If you ever feel like you’ve not got enough time, that you struggle to prioritise, and that the things you think of as “important but not urgent” never get done, the good news is that you’re not alone – this feeling of time poverty is endemic, and many of us suffer from it.  The field…
  • December 16, 2020

    When doing good makes us do bad

    This piece is part of a series in which Michael Sanders describes the findings of papers that have been languishing without being released, as he publishes them over the next several months. Have you have eaten a large dessert at a restaurant, as a reward for having been virtuous and foregone a starter? Have you…
  • December 11, 2020

    The EQ Guest Speaker: Professor Simon Burgess

    We were thrilled to have Prof. Simon Burgess as a guest speaker at The EQ. Simon Burgess is a professor of Economics at the University of Bristol. He has previously been director of the Centre for Market and Public Organisation, an ESRC Research Centre and also the Centre for Understanding Behaviour Change. Simon’s current research interests are…
  • December 7, 2020

    The EQ Guest Speaker: Dr Raj Chande

    We were very excited to welcome Dr Raj Chande as an EQ guest speaker. Raj is an Expert Advisor in Education and Skills at The Behavioural Insights Team and a maths teacher at a secondary school in East London. He joined the Behavioural Insights Team in 2012, after studying an Economics masters and becoming interested in…
  • December 2, 2020

    Is a picture worth 1,000 words?

    This piece is part of a series in which Michael Sanders describes the findings of papers that have been languishing without being released, as he publishes them over the next several months. In some ways, 2020 is the least bad year in history so far for us to experience a global pandemic. As well as…
  • November 18, 2020

    Book Review: How to Make the World Add Up – Tim Harford

    Tim Harford is one of Britain’s best social scientific communicators. For almost two decades, his books have put into simple terms complex phenomena, and brought otherwise esoteric research in economics, psychology and beyond into the domain of the lay reader. On More or Less, Radio 4’s programme about the statistics around us in everyday life,…
  • November 11, 2020

    Unpublished research must see the light of day

    This is the first in a series of short pieces about open science, in which Michael Sanders describes the findings of a series of papers that have been languishing without being released, as he releases them over the next several months. “The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke…
  • November 3, 2020

    The EQ Guest Speaker: Dr Eleanor Carter

    We were delighted to welcome Dr Eleanor Carter as our second EQ guest speaker. Eleanor is Research Director for the Government Outcomes Lab at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. Eleanor’s research investigates challenges in coordinating and stewarding complex public service delivery networks and collaborations. Before moving to Oxford, Eleanor worked as an…
  • October 26, 2020

    Positive signs for gender pay gap transparency

    Closing the gender pay gap – the difference between average hourly earnings for men and women – is a key priority for those who believe in equality. Although the Equal Pay Act makes it illegal to pay people differently for the same work, the gap persists due to a combination of minor distinctions, discrimination, and…
  • October 19, 2020

    The EQ Guest Speaker: Prof. David Halpern

    We were thrilled to have Prof. David Halpern as our very first EQ guest speaker.  David is the Chief Executive of the Behavioural Insights Team and has led the team since its inception in 2010. David was also appointed as the What Works National Advisor in 2013 and supports the What Works Network, leading efforts…
  • October 9, 2020

    Showing your working (papers)

    While eating my breakfast this morning I came across a tweet about working papers, arguing that, effectively, we shouldn’t talk about them.  Working papers, also known as pre-prints, are versions of an academic paper that are released, usually online, and usually for free, by researchers ahead of their publication through peer review. They allow scholars…
  • July 17, 2020

    We’ve moved in. Now the real work begins.

    Just over a year ago, in May 2019, we wrote a blog on the Alliance for Useful Evidence’s website, arguing for the establishment of an “Evidence Quarter” – a home to organisations that care about evidence based policy, and their fellow travellers. The blog attracted interest – many people were keen to hear more, and…
  • May 14, 2020

    Embrace it when cherished interventions are shown not to work

    Earlier this month, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) published the results of a randomised controlled trial evaluating “Project SUCCESS” – a project in which students at FE colleges and their nominated study supporters were sent text messages to try and encourage positive discussions about their maths and English GCSEs, which the students were resitting. We, together with…
  • May 31, 2019

    Introducing the Evidence Quarter

    As Brexit sucks all the oxygen out of British government, it’s easy to miss an important success story. The UK has set up ten What Works Centres (WWCs) to orchestrate the best evidence for frontline professionals and policymakers. They have flourished since the What Works network was launched in 2013, building on the work of…