1. This morning, NPC hosted a roundtable to discuss the much-debated idea of a regulatory body for social policy interventions. Attendees came from across the policy landscape: central and local government, charities, think tanks and funders. The event was invite-only, and Chatham House rules applied, but this didn’t stop participants and observers debating the issues discussed online.
  2. The Guardian’s Public Leader’s Network has hosted several blogs on the subject of a possible Nice for social policy, kicked off by contributing editor David Walker who concluded that ‘to believe policy can be evidence-based, you need a strong dash of piety and naivety’.
  3. The debate was picked up by Nancy Kelley, deputy director of policy and research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, stating that ‘we shouldn’t give up’ on the idea of more evidence-informed policy.
  4. Finally, this morning NPC’s Dan Corry wrote about the role of charities, concluding that ‘Surely we should strive to evaluate what we are doing so that we can improve and push resources to the places it will do most good?’
  5. NPC’s roundtable debate kicked off in earnest with contributions from the Number 10 Policy Unit, Community Links, National Institute of Economic and Social Research, and the Citizens Advice Bureau, before being opened up to the wider audience in the room. Follow the discussion as it emerged via the tweets below (and a huge thankyou to NCVO’s Karl Wilding for his twitter commentary which features heavily!)
  6. karlwilding
    RT @NewPhilanthropy: #NICEsocialpolicy: just kicking off NPC’s roundtable on the idea of an equivalent to the medical advisory body, NICE, for social policy
    Fri, Jun 22 2012 05:10:53
  7. karlwilding
    #NICEsocialpolicy ‘some people have got carried away with payment by results in a nineteenth century way: assumes problems will disappear’
    Fri, Jun 22 2012 05:16:07
  8. shepleygreen
    RT @karlwilding: #NICEsocialpolicy should the State focus on what works and the private sector and #philanthropy focus on innovating new interventions?
    Fri, Jun 22 2012 05:29:35
  9. NewPhilanthropy
    #NICEsocialpolicy But we can’t just copy NICE because the context is so different: NICE developed when health spending was rising
    Fri, Jun 22 2012 05:20:37
  10. karlwilding
    #NICEsocialpolicy ‘Are social workers not interested in evidence. As Doctors are? Do they not want scientific methods?’
    Fri, Jun 22 2012 05:22:50
  11. karlwilding
    #NICEsocialpolicy Crikey. Question asked: is social science a waste of money? What is academia for? Wish @esrc and @SocialPolicy we’re here
    Fri, Jun 22 2012 05:24:00
  12. Thanks to everyone who took part in the roundtable, and to all those who contributed on twitter. This morning’s event raised a lot of questions and highlighted many areas where more thinking is needed: we’ll be following the debate with interest, and  writing more about it on the blog as it develops (including a fuller write up of the event on Monday) so stay tuned!

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