• Tue
    Professor David Torgeson, University of York

    Government routinely introduce massive changes in policy that affect all of our lives usually with very little evidence underpinning the new policy.  In contrast, changes in medical treatments are required, by law, to have rigorous testing using randomised controlled trials.  Randomised controlled trials were first undertaken in social policy, not health care.  In this talk I will discuss examples of randomised trials in public policy and show that they can, and should, be used across policy areas such as: education and crime and justice as well as health care.  By using randomised trials we can save vast amounts of money as well as improving the quality of life of people.