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The journey to evidence-based practice

By Charlotte Abbott

At the Future Work Centre, we’re passionate about researching the world of work. Evidence underpins everything that we do, and we believe it’s vital for organisations to take an evidence-based approach in order to make the right decisions.

We aim to bridge the gap between high quality research about people and work, and the actions you take in your organisation. We want to make sure you’re making the right choices, for the right reasons, for the right people.

What are the challenges to an evidence-based approach?

We recognise that it can be difficult to use an evidence-based approach in the way you work. Often, the pressure to make decisions, the need to implement change quickly or the lack of resources mean that taking the time to look at the facts fully just seems unmanageable. However, being aware of these constraints is already a step in the right direction – and we can help you to overcome these barriers.

How can we help?

We’re here to support you in your journey to become an evidence-based practitioner – making decisions that are based on the facts, rather than popular opinion or ‘because everyone else is doing it’. So whether you want to hire the right person for the job, improve your performance management systems or train your leaders, we can help you make a knowledgeable decision, using nothing but the facts and our wide breadth of expertise.

Our Insight into Action workshops have been specifically designed to help you learn more about evidence-based practice. The open and friendly workshops begin with exploring the principles of an evidence-based approach and the influences on its success, such as the intervention itself, who is involved and what else is happening at the organisation. You’ll get the opportunity to explore what makes a skilled evidence-based practitioner, and what bias and ‘faulty thinking’ you may face during your journey. Following this, you’ll discuss your specific organisational challenge or initiative in smaller groups. This time with other professionals allows you to gain more insight into your challenge and see it from a different, more objective perspective, enabling you to leave with practical, actionable steps to address your challenge.

If you’re interested in attending a workshop, visit our Insight into Action page to find out more and book your place on one of the upcoming events.

Additionally, we’re happy to offer these workshops in-house for your team, so please contact us if you would like to run the workshop for your organisation.

At the Future Work Centre, we want to help you on your journey to evidence-based practice, so whether it’s supporting you in the first steps or guiding you all the way to your destination, we’re here to help.

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New event series: Insight into Action

We’re excited to announce the launch of our new Insight into Action events, which give you the opportunity to share and learn with your peers. These highly interactive sessions are focused on unlocking solutions to your current challenges by sharing experiences, asking questions and identifying practical actions to take away and implement. By developing evidence-based approaches to your organisational challenges, you can facilitate evaluation, clarify success factors and ensure you start with the end in mind.

Our first event is taking place on Thursday 3 September in London. Visit our Insight into Action event page to find out more information about the event and to register to attend.