Radio documentary: RCTs and social policy

Ben Goldacre's Bad Evidence BBC Radio 4, 2013; Broadcast on Tuesday 1 Jan 20:00 GMT Listen again for a limited period

Can randomised controlled trials (RCTs) be used to inform social policy in the UK? 

This documentary from BBC Radio 4 explores the possibilities and pitfalls. The medic and author of Bad Science, Ben Goldacre, sets out to explore the potential for putting RCTs at the heart of the policy-making process. He argues that RCTs not only reveal whether existing policies are effective, but could transform the way social policy is created and implemented from education to health, welfare and crime.

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