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Call for volunteers: can you help us test how transparent government is?

9 May 2016

We are calling for volunteers to help us rate how transparent government is at showing the evidence it uses to justify policies.

What is happening?

We have designed an online tool to assess and rate how transparent government is at showing the evidence it uses to justify policies. Now we need people to test it.

The tool was designed by Sense about Science, the Institute for Government and the Alliance for Useful Evidence and will lead to an agenda-setting report on government’s performance on evidence transparency.

To make sure the tool really works we are asking volunteers to road-test it. We will take you through the tool and then ask you to run through it yourself with our help. We will also ask you to assess a few policies in your own time over the next couple of weeks (time commitment up to 6 hours).

Read more about the background to this here:

Who we need

We are looking for anyone who can dedicate an afternoon to testing the framework and then the follow-up work. You don’t need any prior knowledge or experience to take part.


The day will take place at the Institute for Government, 2 Carlton Gardens, London SW1Y 5AA on Thursday 26th May 2016 from 12:30 to 18:00. Free lunch will be provided, and we would like to invite everyone to join us for a drink afterwards. Please bring a laptop with you to take part.

To register for the day and for more information, please contact Will Lord at [email protected] or 020 7490 9590. 

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