About the Evidence Based Practice Unit (EBPU)


  • Presents research-based evidence with a tentativeness appropriate to the limitations of the findings.
  • Presents the evidence in ways that can best interface with natural ways people take on new knowledge (this may include detailed exploration of the best ways to present and share information in this area).
  • Encourages practice that incorporates an appropriate awareness of the complexities involved in using evidence and outcome data to inform practice.
  • Examines the evidence base for a range of phenomena (including service design issues i.e. not just a focus on clinical interventions as such).
  • Draws on a range of academic specialisms including statistics, cognitive psychology, sociology, systems theories as appropriate.

Ethos of the Unit

  • All research is provisional.
  • All research raises as many questions as it answers.
  • All research is difficult to interpret and to draw clear conclusions from.
  • Qualitative research may be vital to elaborate experience, suggest narratives for understanding phenomena and generate hypotheses but it can’t be taken to prove anything.
  • Quantitative research may be able to show hard findings but can rarely (never?) give clear answers to complex questions.

And yet, despite all the challenges, it is still worth attempting to encourage an evidence-based approach, since the alternative is to continue to develop practice based only on assumption and belief.

EBPU is a part of the Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology at UCL. RDCEHP works within the Division of Psychology and Language Science (PALS).