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what works in safety

What works for safety: call for expressions of interest

Lloyd’s Register Foundation is requesting expressions of interest from organisations from any part of the world with the required knowledge, capability, networks and convening power to establish and run a global ‘What Works Centre’ and network focussed on safety of life and property. 

This call aims to stimulate and assess interest in this initiative. Interested parties from across the world are invited to respond to our initial ideas with their vision for the centre, together with thoughts on how best to establish, run and support it over the long term. We welcome suggestions for key global stakeholders that might contribute to the establishment and running of the centre, and those who will find its work valuable, including those you might partner with.   

Interested parties are asked to respond with an expression of interest to ruth.frankish@lrfoundation.org.uk by 16 May 2022. Please see the project brief for further information and guidance.  We will be holding two information webinars to discuss this initiative (19 and 20 April); instructions on how to join are also in the project brief. 

What works approach 

A ‘What works’ approach can be used to improve the impact that research findings have on outcomes. The approach is based on the principle that good decision making is underpinned by good evidence, and if that evidence isn’t available, robust ways of generating it should be established. What works acknowledges that research evidence on its own isn’t enough: you need to know how and why something works and finally how to implement that knowledge to maximize impact.   

One of the core components of a successful what works initiative is to have an evidence, or ‘what works’ centre. This should be an independent organisation that curates and mobilises a high-quality evidence base of research, data and evaluations to help practitioners, policymakers and others to achieve their objectives.  It works closely with researchers and users of evidence to evaluate, create and synthesise evidence, to ensure needs are understood and that a tangible route to impact is assured.  While the users and researchers involved in what works activity need to be domain-specific, an effective evidence centre can operate more broadly. We are therefore proposing to establish a single what works centre for safety that operates across the Foundation’s mission space and provides a hub for convening users and commissioning research. This model will enable efficient operation and scalability while also ensuring that the needs of each user group are understood and met through high-quality research. 

A what works centre for safety would impact on safety outcomes through increasing the implementation of effective and feasible safety programmes and interventions. The centre over time would become the first port of call for global safety policy makers and practitioners who need evidence and would provide them with a trusted source of robust, easily located, useful and implementable information and advice, developed in response to their needs.  By safety we are referring to aspects that are aligned with our broad mission. Examples include the safety of physical infrastructure and of the people that build, operate, maintain and decommission such structures, and the protection of people and property from harm at sea.

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