Reflections on 'evidence' from EUSARF2012

Last week, in my other role as Evaluation Researcher at CELCIS, I attended part of EUSARF 2012.

This really was a brilliant event. I can't imagine anywhere else that you could go from a play about being in care written and performed by young people from Kibble, to a key note from Terje Ogden on the national implementation of evidence based practice in Norway.

Then after a quick coffee, on to a panel session outlining the Children And Residential Experiences (CARE) model, the Theory of Change behind the model and the quasi-experimental approach being used to evaluate it.

Jennifer Davidson was the final key note of the day, and she shared her reflections on developing the UN guidelines for alternative care of children. As well as referencing the excellent Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, Jennifer really made us think about the nature of evidence and how western perspectives on what makes for 'good' evidence need to be applied with care when looking at global issues like caring for children.

As a delegate said earlier - Are RCTs always the gold standard?

There's more about the conference and what was discussed, in these storify compilations of day 1 and day 2 of EUSARF2012.

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