At the ALASI conference held at University of Wollongong on 29th November, Leonie Payne, Kirsty Kitto and Mike Pracy hosted a panel debate on the provocation “Student evaluations of teaching are the worst form of evaluation except for all of the others”. A lively debate ensued with the affirmative winning the contest convincingly. The post-debate discussions provided some thoughtful reflections on how the Learning Analytics community can make a valid contribution to policy discussions on the use of student evaluations in the context of proposed performance-based funding. Overall, the debate was a wonderful opportunity to network and garner ideas. It highlighted the importance of Leonie’s research in bringing rigour to the evaluation of higher education, particularly the importance of encouraging public engagement by communicating insights through channels beyond higher education academic literature.