Conceptualising and modelling evidence use in politicised policy areas

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:
Conceptualising and modelling evidence use in politicised policy areas

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This chapter explains evidence utilisation in a politicised area via a model of evidence-based policy making. It starts with the premise that a key tenet of the politicisation is that policies are always in a constant state of flux as new data and personnel assume key positions in the decision-making process. Using the notion of conceptual flux as a starting point, the debate then turns to how this can be modelled. This entails a brief survey of existing models of research utilization. The chapter suggests that for various reasons, these are not suitable for ascertaining the minutiae of the evidence and policy connection in a heavily politicised context. As this is the case, the discussion considers some newer additions to the literature. It introduces a newer processual model as the most suitable means for understanding the complex relationship between evidence and policy formulation.

Keywords: evidence-based policy; evidence utilisation; conceptual flux; politicised areas; policy formulation

Chapter.  11217 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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