Evidence Cafes

I’ve been running Evidence Cafes with the police and other public services since 2016. Each Evidence Café aims to bridge the gap between research and practice, enabling participants to explore how research might inform their practice, and giving academics access to practice-based insights on the research from practitioners. The exact format of each evidence cafe varies depending on what the research topic is and, to some extent, on the makeup of the attendees. An Evidence Cafe attended by senior officers and staff will run quite differently from one attended by the frontline. We have run Evidence Cafes on a wide range of topics with organisations such as the police, the MS Trust, Migration services in Africa, Floodplains management:

  • Addressing issues around migration in africa
  • Barriers and enablers to managing you MS
  • Floodplains management
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Collecting first accounts from vulnerable child witnesses
  • Demand management
  • Translating vast amounts of data into information and then knowledge using the Evidence Typology
  • Digital forensics
  • Social media in policing
  • Ethical policing
  • Public leadership and political astuteness

If you are interested in using Evidence Cafes please get in touch with Ann.adams@open.ac.uk, and take a look at the Evidence Cafe How-to Guide (link below)

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About Gill

Having worked as a Research Fellow with the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, I have now semi-retired but retained my association with the OU as an Honorary Associate.
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