Evidence based policy and practice: key challenges for improvement

Cherney, Adrian and Head, Brian W. (2010) Evidence based policy and practice: key challenges for improvement. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 45 4: 509-526.

Author Cherney, Adrian
Head, Brian W.
Title Evidence based policy and practice: key challenges for improvement
Journal name Australian Journal of Social Issues   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0157-6321
Publication date 2010
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 45
Issue 4
Start page 509
End page 526
Total pages 18
Place of publication Sydney, NSW, Australia
Publisher Australian Council of Social Services
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract Evidence-based policy and practice (EBPP) involves complex issues of design, implementation and evaluation. While there are several grounds for scepticism about the capacity of government and other organisations to implement reasonably robust forms of EBPP, some of the practical impediments are readily identifiable. This article proposes ten dimensions of capability that might underlie practical improvements in EBPP. We describe these as challenges and opportunities for learning, rather than prescriptive requirements or technical guidelines or checklists. This framework addresses a spectrum of implementation issues at the organisational and individual level that are vital for evidence-based (or more evidence-informed) approaches within policy and practice contexts. There may be some overlap in how these dimensions are conceptualised, but it is argued that taking all dimensions into account is important for supporting a more coherent approach. The practical configuration of EBPP support systems will vary across fields of policy and practice. Future experience and further research should assist in learning how consideration of such issues can assist in protecting and promoting the interests of programs, clients, practitioners, and policy-makers.
Keyword Evidence-based policy and practice
Policy implementation
Capacity building
Program evaluation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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