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What to do about What Works?

The advantages of the Nordic model include that experienced researchers are on hand to produce the required reviews. One reason for the development of the model was experience that academics  were not interested in writing reviews. They were more interested in researching say the ideological  basis for the primary curriculum in Sweden in the early 1800s than issues of more immediate policy relevance.

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Do fat taxes work? Rely on the evidence not expert opinion

The Indian state of Kerala has introduced a fat tax on fast food in a bid to tackle obesity. A BBC report of the story included an expert who claimed both that the tax wonít work and that the government should run information campaigns instead to tell people that fast food is bad for them. In our new Campbell blog, Howard White argues that a review of the evidence shows that increasing the price of fast food can help to reduce demand. Further, a systematic review of interventions to promote healthy eating found no evidence of sustained benefits from information-based approaches. Itís time to rely on evidence, not opinions.

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YHEC training workshops on software to support systematic reviews

The York Health Economics Consortium (YHEC), University of York, is running two new training courses (6-7 October) in the field of systematic reviewing and information retrieval. Learn about special-purpose software packages and tools currently available to support systematic reviews and share experiences of using software in practice. The first workshop will review both commercial and not-for-profit systematic review management packages including Covidence, DistillerSR and EPPI-Reviewer. The second will review a range of free and commercial tools to tackle single tasks within the systematic review process such as Rayyan, RobotReviewer and CitNetExplorer.

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Programme online: What Works Global Summit 2016

What a lineup! The programme for the What Works Global Summit, London, 26-28 September is now online. Read about the exciting debates and presentations on what works in housing, policing, education, social welfare, health, development and more. The summit aims to put evidence at the heart of policy and practice, and includes debates and discussions with a wide range of international practitioners, policy makers and consumers. Itís set to be the evidence event of the year.

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