Are you the kind of person who prefers good evidence to base your decisions and actions on?
If more colleagues in your organisation were to adopt an evidence-based approach, how would that impact decision-making, productivity and performance?
Experience is great… but…
When they’re making decisions, taking action or working with others people usually depend on their own experience, knowledge and some data.
The problem with that is that, no matter how experienced we are, there are always gaps in our knowledge and know-how. This is why team working is so important, because in an ideal world this combines people’s experience and expertise. However, even that is often not enough. Here’s why:
- The validity of knowledge and experience. Personal knowledge and experience is usually based on personal observations, perceptions and interpretation. Such observations, perceptions and interpretations tend to be subject to cognitive biases, favouritism and propensity towards certain outcomes. Evidence-based practice, on the other hand, is based on empirical research, offering greater objectivity and verifiable knowledge that is less prone to bias.
- Consistency of approaches. Individual experiences, perceptions and interpretations can be vastly different, leading to inconsistent approaches and results. Evidence-based approaches tend to adhere to established protocols, thus ensuring greater uniformity, consistency and standardisation. Evidence-based approaches also lead to the use of a common language and understanding, which reduces misinterpretation and errors.
- Scalability issues. Evidence-based practices are often based on studies conducted on large populations and in a variety of contexts, making them more scalable and applicable across different settings. Personal experience is typically limited to specific situations or contexts, and may not be as adaptable and applicable as the individuals believe them to be.
- Continuous learning and improvement. Because evidence-based practice involves constantly keeping up with new research, thinking and ideas, it promotes a continual learning and improvement orientation. Unlike experience alone, which can become outdated and may not keep up with the latest advancements or best practices.
- Avoidance of past mistakes. Evidence-based practice benefits from the collective experiences and observations of many practitioners, helping to circumvent repeated and systematic mistakes. Individual or team experience may lack this comprehensive perspective, potentially leading to recurring errors. In effect, evidence-based practitioners are part of a larger community of practice.*
Evidence-based practice doesn’t replace experience, rather it adds and complements it. Coupling the very latest research with the expertise and experience of employees is a powerful combination.
The problem is that searching for, getting access to and decoding the latest research is costly in terms of time, actual cost and know-how. That’s why we are here.
The Oxford Review is your one-stop destination for the latest, most relevant and actionable organisational research. We are committed to bringing you the highest quality research, thinking and evidence, so that your people are up-to-date and well-informed.
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