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On 1st November 2016 one hundred people went to parliament. They listened to 15 stories from people across the country on why evidence matters to them, and heard responses from parliamentarians. It was an extraordinary start to conversations between members of the public, ministers, MPs, and officials about the importance of evidence in policymaking. Let’s seize this opportunity.
We need to make sure that all parliamentarians know how much evidence matters – to their constituents, and to their colleagues. We’ve asked the MPs and peers who were at the event how they will help us get their colleagues on board. Now we need your help.
If you already spoke to your MP, please let us know and – importantly – thank them for getting involved. Send them the stories from the day. And if they agree that evidence in policy matters, ask: will they talk to their colleagues about it?
If you haven’t written to your MP, you can find their contact details here: www.theyworkforyou.com. Identify yourself as a constituent, give your postal address, and tell them: “Yesterday one hundred people from all walks of life went to parliament to tell parliamentarians, ministers and officials that evidence matters to them, and they expect it to matter to government too. The stories told at the event can be found here. This matters to me, and I hope it matters to you. I’d like to know where you stand on this issue and, if you agree with me that government should use evidence when making policy, I’d like to ask what you will do and how you can help communicate the support for this idea to your colleagues”. Let us know how you get on.