Watch our ‘taking the pulse’ event live

We will be live-streaming our event on the role for evidence in the policy debate live via Google Hangout. Follow the link below to watch live.

We will also be live-tweeting using the #wonkcomms hashtag.


23 October 2014, 18.30-20.00 Followed by drinks in The King’s Fund Bar

The King’s Fund, Cavendish Square

The 2015 general election is drawing ever closer. And the certainty of a fixed parliament means the election campaign is essentially underway already. As politicians eye key seats, hot topics and those crucial polls, think tanks and research organisations find their work under scrutiny with a fresh intensity. Data is seized upon by politicians on all sides, policy proposals considered, and facts are checked and rechecked.

But how influential is evidence and research in an election campaign? What pitfalls exist for politicians using research and evidence in their campaigns? And when a topic becomes a core election issue – as the NHS and social care look set to be in 2015 – what does that mean for those seeking to inform debate?

This event will bring together leading figures from research, journalism and policy to debate the role for evidence in the election debate through the case study of health.

Speakers include:

  • Nigel Edwards, Chief Executive, Nuffield Trust
  • Mark Henderson, Author The Geek Manifesto and Head of Communications at the Wellcome Trust
  • Branwen Jeffreys, Health Correspondent, BBC News
  • Rebecca Gray, Director of Communications, The King’s Fund (Chair)
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