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Strategy and Evidence

Audio content from Stuart Astill on the ins and outs of improving Strategy and Evidence for organisations and individuals


Rethinking government VfM
Here you find me musing on the collapse in confidence around Value for Money (VfM) of Government’s spending: from covid test and trace, to school meals suppliers – not to mention Brexit-proof Ferry services! This is also a good place to announce my FREE “VfM Q&A seminars” taking place over the next month (starting January […]
03:20 15/01/21
The UK aid cuts: a VfM view
In this podcast I take a Value for Money (VfM) flavoured look at the issue of the Government’s cut to the UK aid budget from 0.7% to 0.5% And also muse on how easy it is to spend money down the pub or in PC World, but how hard to spend it in a bookshop […]
02:40 26/11/20
Value Propositions for all
Jack Hayball joins Stuart Astill on the strategyandevidence podcast online. They discuss value propositions, (predictably) evidence & strategy and, in a gentle diversion, what a consultant should and shouldn’t bring to the party. If you want to get further into the topic Jack’s selected reading list is: Articles: – Christensen, C.M,. Johnson, W,. & Kagermann, H. […]
20:11 09/06/20
Errors by design
The  coronavirus pandemic has brought questions around testing, and now with the tracing app, algorithm design to a strategic and political audience.In this podcast I look at the fact that ‘errors’ are part of everyday life in testing and apps; and that tests and algorithms are designed by someone to minimise certain errors in a trade-off with others. […]
06:01 08/05/20
Cost benefit analysis for the wise
In this episode, despite coping with an impressive cold, I discuss the purpose of cost benefit analysis, but also the difficulties. I get enthusiastic about birthday cake and learning from looking back.
11:44 30/01/20
Rational Ignorance
Part 1 of a 2 or 3 part audiosnack series on Rational Ignorance and cost-benefit analysis (CBA) and how they fit together. In this podcast I explain what Rational ignorance is and why it is both incredibly useful as a concept but also a bit mind-bending. I also look at how it may be worth […]
06:01 20/01/20
Twitter polls and real stats
An audiosnack /podcast of double espresso strength and intensity in which I explain (and have a gentle mini rant) about why twitter polls are as good as useless compared to real statistical surveys – even if a real survey is based on a much smaller number of people.
04:02 09/01/20