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Can't live without them. We need standards of evidence to have a consistent way of assessing the evidence we use and generate.

The evidence standards will help us gain a deeper understanding of what is working, when, for whom and under what conditions. They are an essential way of gaining a common understanding of 'what works', and more importantly, ensuring that this can be acted upon.

Why standards of evidence matter

A vital first step
Standards of evidence will underpin all the centre’s projects. They will provide a consistent and transparent way of assessing the evidence we generate and use.

Helps us compare
We can compare different interventions, to understand how effective they are, how much they cost, and how confident we can be in what the evidence says.

Common language
Provide a common way of talking about evidence, to help us understand evidence, impact, and different evaluation methods.

Ensure clarity about what evidence is, the quality of evidence, and how confident we can be in what it says.

Start conversations 
Standards of evidence are not a test of pass or fail, but a framework to understand how well an intervention is working now, and what our next steps are to deepen our knowledge of it.

Shows us the gaps
Highlight where there are gaps in our knowledge. No research is an important finding: it can help shape future research agendas.

What does this mean for us?

We are applying standards of evidence to each of our maps and tools

On the blog

What counts as good evidence?

We need an improved infrastructure to assess what works in the homelessness field. Ruth Puttick explains why adopting standards of evidence is a vital first step before we can ensure that policy-makers, commissioners and practitioners have evidence that supports effective work.