How Alzheimer’s Society uses Evidence

How Alzheimer’s Society uses Evidence


What’s the biggest decision you’ve had to make? Would you make that decision without any background information or evidence? We know robust evidence is needed in criminal cases where a judge will not convict someone until they are convinced they committed the crime. They will want to see documents and videos and hear testimonies from those involved to ensure the decision they make is correct. At Alzheimer’s Society, we also use evidence to inform our decisions. This enables us to make the biggest difference possible for people affected by dementia. The most important decisions are supported by the most robust and specific evidence such as good quality academic research. Whereas smaller everyday decisions are based on lighter touch evidence such as asking the opinion of those people who will be affected by the decision. At Alzheimer’s Society, we generate evidence through dementia research evaluation of our services, policy research testimonies from people affected by dementia, surveys of our supporters, feedback from staff and volunteers. So how does using evidence enable us to unite against dementia? We listen and act on what people affected by dementia want and need. We identify what works well and what we could do better to ensure our supporters’ donations make the biggest impact. We are trusted experts. We draw on years of experience and share our learnings to improve for the future. At Alzheimer’s Society we are committed to being a truly evidence based organisation and you are a vital part of this. To find out more about our work and why evidence is so important please visit www.alzheimers.org.uk or call 0330 333 0804

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