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Evidence decision-making tool uses level of confidence assessment

This article is part of an ongoing series of articles on evidence-based knowledge management.

Appraising the trustworthiness and relevance of evidence is an important step in evidence-based practice.

A new Australian Education Research Organization (AERO) Evidence decision-making tool (which can also be viewed below) assists you to do this through:

  1. assessing how confident you are that a certain policy, program, or other initiative is likely to be effective in your context
  2. deciding on next steps, including how to implement the initiative given your level of confidence, and how to collect more evidence to increase your confidence in its effectiveness.

The Evidence decision-making tool can be used by an individual or a group, for example, in a planning workshop. It’s designed to be flexible, so you can use it to consider a change to an existing initiative or the introduction of something new.

Article source: Australian Education Research Organization (AERO), CC BY 4.0.

Header image source: Adapted from Evidence Based by Nick Youngson on Alpha Stock Images which is licenced by CC BY-SA 3.0.

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Bruce Boyes

Bruce Boyes ( is a knowledge management (KM), environmental management, and education professional with over 30 years of experience in Australia and China. His work has received high-level acclaim and been recognised through a number of significant awards. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Knowledge, Technology and Innovation Group at Wageningen University and Research, and holds a Master of Environmental Management with Distinction. He is also the editor, lead writer, and a director of the award-winning RealKM Magazine (, and teaches in the Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) Certified High-school Program (CHP).

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