Corporate report

What Works Review of the Use of Evidence in the Department for International Development

The What Works report reviews the use of evidence within DFID and how it generates, transmits and adopts evidence in its decision making.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government



The What Works Initiative aims to improve the generation, transmission and use of evidence, in order to inform policy decisions, both nationally and locally. The initiative includes a network of 6 independent What Works Centres and a programme of activity for improving the use of evidence in Whitehall, including the review of the use of evidence in DFID.

DFID is one of the first departments to be reviewed as it is seen to be exemplifying good practice in its use of evidence in policy making. The review findings also highlight some areas for improvement. The review process has involved interviewing staff across the organisation, and has had excellent participation from senior management.

Published 5 August 2014