As mentioned here before, I am one of the Co-Investigators on an ESRC Seminar Series, 'Spaces of Evidence', which explores various types of evidence (such as Randomised Controlled Trials) which are at work in policy, management and elite decision-making today.
I'm convening the next seminar at Goldsmiths, London, on the 26th September, which will explore new directions in economic policy evidence, including RCTs and big data. We have quite a nice mix of speakers, including some who will look sceptically at this new empiricist turn, others who are actually practicing it, plus Angus Deaton from Princeton, who has written somewhat critically about the use of RCTs in development.
It's open to all, but please register. All details, including how to register, are available here.