The evidence cycle

5 key aspects to consider when looking for evidence and incorporating it into your planning and decision-making.

1 Identify

What is the question I want to answer? What are my evidence needs to help answer it?

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2 Access

How do I access the evidence? Who can help me?

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3 Appraise

Is the evidence appropriate for my setting? How do I know I can trust the evidence?

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4 Apply

What do I need to think about when applying evidence to my setting?

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5 Share & manage

Once you’ve found and appraised useful and relevant evidence, we encourage you to share it so it can be stored, retrieved and re-used.

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The Evaluation and Evidence toolkits go hand in hand. Using and generating evidence to inform decision making is vital to improving services and people’s lives.

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