Policy analysis: evidence based policy-making

Head, Brian W. (2015). Policy analysis: evidence based policy-making. In James D. Wright (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences 2nd ed. (pp. 281-287) Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.75030-6

Author Head, Brian W.
Title of chapter Policy analysis: evidence based policy-making
Title of book International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences
Place of Publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Publication Year 2015
Sub-type Chapter in reference work, encyclopaedia, manual or handbook
DOI 10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.75030-6
Year available 2015
Edition 2nd
ISBN 9780080970868
Editor James D. Wright
Volume number 18
Start page 281
End page 287
Total pages 7
Language eng
Subjects 3300 Social Sciences
Abstract/Summary Systematic use of rigorous evidence in the policy process is widely expected to produce more accurate policy advice. However, these scientific aspirations will always be limited by democratic political debates, stakeholder lobbying, and popular opinion. Policy analysts in government agencies attempt to utilize research and evaluation evidence relevant to the feasibility and effectiveness of current and proposed service programs and regulatory regimes. But their capacity to provide policy advice enriched by 'evidence-based' analysis is dependent on the availability of reliable socioeconomic data, use of advanced analytical techniques, investment in program evaluations, and support for transparent policy processes by administrative and political elites.
Keyword Evidence based policy
Policy capacity
Policy development and dissemination
Policy evaluation
Q-Index Code BX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes 26 Volumes

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Created: Thu, 23 Apr 2015, 08:57:12 EST by Professor Brian Head on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies