Our speaker, Dr Chris Chambers, is co-founder of the UK Evidence Information Service, a research-led initiative that aims to facilitate interaction between academia and politicians in the service of evidence-based policy. He is a senior research fellow in cognitive neuroscience at the School of Psychology, Cardiff University. Also, he is a freelance science writer at the Guardian where he co-hosts the psychology blog, HeadQuarters.

‘The EIS aims to put research evidence on tap for UK politicians’, says the Guardian. And from the same article:

“… laws, targets and policies are often set before the analysis of data is complete, or before data even exist. And where relevant evidence already exists it may be overlooked or ignored. We want to change this by widening access to research evidence and injecting it at the ground floor of policy making. Over the past 18 months we have been developing a proposal for a UK Evidence Information Service. Whether you’re a professional researcher or just someone who is enthusiastic about science and research, we need your help to take this project to the next level.”

Results of the survey of MPs are in - what do they think of this service? We hope that representatives of the political parties will attend.

More information can be found here.

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