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Evidence and the policy process

Sandra Nutley and Jeff Webb

in What works?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2000 | ISBN: 9781861341914
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304265 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861341914.003.0002
Evidence and the policy process

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This chapter sets out the generic role of evidence as it relates to policy in the UK. It focuses on the policy process and emphasises the many influences that come together to make policy, of which evidence is only one element. The chapter puts forward a range of models of the policy process such as rationality, ‘satisficing’, incrementalism, and mixed scanning. Evidence is likely to play a different role depending on which of these models holds. There may be considerable variations in the type of models that hold sway in different service areas in the UK public sector. The chapter also discusses the various roles that evidence might play in the policy making process, of which informing on ‘what works’ may be only one.

Keywords: UK public sector; evidence; policy process; rationality; incrementalism; mixed scanning

Chapter.  10073 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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