Social policy evidence and databases

The Alliance for Useful Evidence, which is probably due a mention in our resource section anyway, has a new article ‘A brief guide to UK social policy databases‘. The intro says:

Finding your evidence by Wikipedia or Googling can be a dangerous business. Better to use tried-and-tested databases.

The article reviews the main UK social policy databases, covering academic papers and ‘grey literature’ of think-tank, charity and government reports. Note that the piece is written by someone working for the body overseeing most of these databases.

The Alliance for Useful Evidence promotes useful evidence in decision making across social policy. It is a network of individuals and organisations from across government, universities, charities, business, in the UK and wider. Sign up as a member (no charge) to receive their roughly monthly email newsletter, at, or read the newsletters online.

Other recent AUE Articles include ‘Evidencing charities’ impact: why a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach won’t do‘.

(From news item on CommunityNI.)