'The role of evidence and analysis in effective policy making'

The Centre for Science and Policy's annual conference explored opportunities for improving the way government makes use of expertise from the humanities.

Partnering with the British Academy and the Churchill Archives Centre, the conference at Churchill College, Cambridge, welcomed more than 200 guests and speakers including historians, philosophers, artists, anthropologists, classicists, financial experts and others from academia, government, learned societies, and the private sector.

The final session of the conference was organised in partnership with the Churchill Archives Centre as part of the Churchill Statesmanship Programme to commemorate 50 years since the death of Churchill and 75 years since he became Prime Minister. Chaired by Dame Athene Donald (Master of Churchill College, Cambridge) panellists Charles Clarke (Home Secretary, 2004 - 2006), Lord Peter Hennessy (Historian, Queen Mary University of London), Sir Richard Mottram (former Chairman, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory) and Lord Richard Wilson (Cabinet Secretary, 1998 - 2002) discussed the role of evidence and analysis in effective policy making. You can view the discussion here.