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Paper 1: Evidence based policy: whence it came and where it's going

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Evidence Based Policy: Whence it Came and Where it’s Going

Author(s):

Solesbury, William

Abstract:

Looks at reasons why the UK in particular has seen an upsurge of interest in evidence-based policy and practice, noting: the utilitarian turn in research funding policy; increased practitioner interest in demonstrating the efficacy of particular practices; and the advent of a government with a pragmatic, non-ideological stance. Emphasises that research findings are only one kind of evidence, and that there is a close relationship between evidence (or knowledge) and power. Although the evidence-based approach offers major opportunities to the research community, it would be wise to remain modest in its claims to improve the conduct of public affairs.

Keywords:

evidence based policy making; evidence based practice; ESRC UK Centre for Evidence Based Policy and Practice

Reference:

ESRC UK Centre for Evidence Based Policy and Practice,Working Paper 1

Available From:

British Library Document Supply Centre: 9349.2272(1) or by downloading the file below.

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Evidence based policy: whence it came and where it's going (pdf, 144 KB)  

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