Defra’s Evidence Investment Strategy: 2010-2013 and beyond (known as Defra’s ‘EIS’) was published in January 2010. The EIS set out Defra’s plans and approaches to evidence gathering in the context of increasingly complex and interlinked issues, in a world where public expenditure is under pressure and value for money increasingly scrutinised. It focused on the commissioning and use of all major sources of evidence by Defra programmes.
The EIS examined Defra’s links with its laboratory agencies, the delivery network and advisory bodies, together with key external partnerships (other Government epartments, devolved administrations and Research Councils), and the capabilities (facilities, expertise) on which we depend.
The aim of this document is to re-visit Defra’s EIS in light of the changing political landscape, Defra’s Business Plan and the 2010 Spending Review. In doing so it highlights the progress made in implementing the EIS, and summarises the work that has been done on evidence programmes, indicative budgets and the big evidence challenges facing Defra and its network.