How to gather and use evidence

This resource explains:

  • what evidence is
  • why evidence is important in policy development
  • what different types of evidence can be used
  • how to use evidence
  • how to keep evidence proportionate.

Sources of data and statistics

This note provides an idea of the different sources of quantitative data (facts and figures) available that may be relevant to your neighbourhood plan. The data sources are presented by common neighbourhood plan ‘topics’.

Developing a robust evidence base video

This video covers what is evidence – and what isn’t – and how one neighbourhood planning group gathered the evidence they needed for their plan.

Planning Aid England logo

How to gather and use evidence (380.6KB pdf) Sources of data and statistics (565.9KB pdf)

See more resources...