Defra is responsible for some of the most pressing and urgent policy issues for the UK and internationally.
Our purpose ‘to secure a healthy environment in which we and future generations can prosper’ will be key to securing a sustainable economic recovery.
This document outlines Defra’s plans and approaches to evidence gathering and innovation in the context of
increasingly complex and interlinked issues, in a world where public expenditure will be under pressure and value for money increasingly scrutinised.
It focuses on the commissioning and use of all the major sources of evidence by Defra programmes.
It also discusses our links with our laboratory agencies, delivery network and Advisory bodies, together with key external partnerships (other government departments, devolved administrations and research councils) and the capabilities (facilities, expertise) upon which we depend.