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The two communities of evidence and policy, the challenge of politics and the impact of the media

Mark Monaghan

in Evidence versus politics

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9781847426970
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302247 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847426970.003.0003
The two communities of evidence and policy, the challenge of politics and the impact of the media

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This chapter details some established criticisms of the evidence-based policy-making agenda. These revolve around three main areas: the inadequacies of research and researchers; inadequacies in the context, beliefs, and actions of policy makers; and inadequacies in the link between the two groups. It provides a critical appraisal of these critiques, and then turns to attempts that have been made to transcend this divide. This makes particular reference to the burgeoning literature surrounding knowledge brokering and transfer. However, any attempts to bridge the divide are beset with difficulties because the connection is not easy to predict. These issues are magnified in heavily politicised policy areas. In particular, the chapter discusses the impact of politics and the media on policy issues, and the knock-on effect this has for data production in these policy domains.

Keywords: evidence-based policy; research inadequacies; knowledge brokering; politicised policy areas; politics; media

Chapter.  7555 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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