It is expected that the role of regulation will be reduced and used only when it is essential to achieving environmental ambitions.
The main purposes of Evidence Plans are to help Defra policy and evidence teams to:
- Maintain a clear ‘line of sight’ between policy objectives and evidence needs;
- Ensure best use of others’ evidence and maximise opportunities for partnerships;
- Show a clear rationale and value for money for Defra investment in evidence;
- Prepare for policy evaluation.
Evidence Plans are part of Defra’s business planning processes.