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Leaders Lunch: Evidence at Work

Making a difference with evidence

"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge." ~ Stephen Hawking

An increasing group of managers relies on science, data analysis, behavioural insights and more critical thinking to make decisions. 

Within HR, however, evidence-based practices are still perceived by many as too narrow or hard. Nevertheless we know that, in principle, it helps people to be more effective in their decisions at work. Evidence-based HR can be part of inclusive approach, valuing different perspectives and with an openness towards softer, less tangible practices.

How to get started?

Last month we gathered around the topic in a Brussels' jazz club, together with renowned experts and a group of HR leaders. You'll find the presentations via the 3 links in bold below.

Rob Briner & Eric Barends, respectively Academic Director & Managing Director of Center for Evidence-Based Management (CEBMa), gave a pragmatic introduction on what you can do to get started with evidence-based HR.

Cédric Velghe, Managing Director of The VIGOR Unit, illustrated this with a step-by-step demo of a real HR case.

Philippe Vandekerckhove, CEO of Belgian Red Cross Flanders, provided advice on what HR can learn from applications in other fields.

Big thanks to co-organizers CEBMa and The VIGOR Unit, media-partners WisKeys and HRMagazine, presenter Els Aelbrecht, visual artist Frédéric Williquet, photographer Raf Michiels, host The Music Village and all attendees. And to all people tweeting about it via #HRLL.

Warm regards,

Edward Vanhoutte, Balance HR

PS. click on largest picture for right format.

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