Gillian Leng

Experienced executive leading a technology-assessment and guideline agency that supports health and social care decision-making by governments, service providers and patients

There are many challenges facing the world economy at the moment and, linked with that, population health. These pressures underscore the importance of using resources well, making as much impact as efficiently as possible, and therefore using evidence to show where any investments should be made.

Previously, Gillian Leng shared the following comment as part of the report launch.

The UK has led work over many years to encourage the synthesis and use of evidence – from the first randomized-controlled trial to prevent scurvy in sailors, to the more recent innovative What Works Centres to promote the use of evidence in a range of policy areas. As part of this evidence-based movement, over the last 20 years the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has transformed the use of evidence in healthcare practice, as well as in wider public-health initiatives and social care.

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically reinforced the need for high-quality evidence to inform policy and practice, and has also highlighted the negative consequences of social media and associated misinformation. In this context, the work of the Global Commission on Evidence to Address Societal Challenges is hugely important, and should be seen as essential reading for all policymakers around the world.