Evidence for Success: The guide to getting evidence and using it

Published28th June 2016

The “Evidence for Success” guide was produced by the KTN and published in August 2014, which was established in 2012 to facilitate and share learning about effective knowledge translation and dissemination activities. The guide was reviewed in April 2015.

The guide offers easy to follow, step-by-step guidance and resources to support organisations to use evidence to influence policy and practice. It is for anyone who wants to use evidence to improve policy and practice, regardless of the level of experience they have in doing so. Therefore, it is intended that this guide will also be of value to a wide range of stakeholders, including: practitioners, service managers, funders and commissioners, and policy makers and planners.


Part 1 outlines how you can generate evidence that is relevant, robust and persuasive to the stakeholders that you are trying to influence. Although this guide is primarily about using evidence, this part of the guide helps to ensure you have the quality of evidence you need to maximise your chances of influencing policy and practice.

Part 2 explores how this evidence can then be used to influence

(i) internal policy and practice;

(ii) external policy and practice, and

(iii) future funding and commissioning decisions. It concludes by providing 10 top tips for using evidence for success.

Part 3 identifies a range of resources that you can access to help you achieve your goals.


Evidence for Success workshop

This full-day workshop will help you identify simple steps to start you on the road to using evidence to influence internal policy and practice. Although this workshop is not about evaluation (see our Let’s evaluate! workshops if you are interested in that), it touches on how to generate useful evidence too so you can be confident you have the evidence you need to influence others right from the outset.

At this workshop you will also:

* Learn about what is good evidence, and what is not.

* Learn how to navigate your evidence through the policy cycle

* Identify how you can use evidence to improve practice

* Learn how the Evidence for Success guide can help you along the using evidence to influence policy and practice journey.

Existing Users

  • The Robertson Trust
  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Life Changes Trust
  • Centre for Research on Families and Relationships
  • Scottish Government Third Sector Unit
  • Community Health Exchange
  • Carnegie UK Trust

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