Toward more "evidence-informed" policy making?

Head, Brian W. (2016) Toward more "evidence-informed" policy making?. Public Administration Review, 76 3: 472-484. doi:10.1111/puar.12475

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Author Head, Brian W.
Title Toward more "evidence-informed" policy making?
Journal name Public Administration Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1540-6210
Publication date 2016-05-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/puar.12475
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 76
Issue 3
Start page 472
End page 484
Total pages 13
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher Blackwell
Language eng
Subject 3312 Sociology and Political Science
3321 Public Administration
1406 Marketing
Abstract The quality of public decision making depends significantly on the quality of analysis and advice provided through public organizations. Champions of “evidence-informed” policy making claim that rigorous evaluation practices can significantly improve attainment of cost-effective outcomes. After decades of experience, performance information is more sophisticated, but evaluation practices and capabilities vary enormously. Public agencies gather and process vast amounts of information, but there has been little analysis of how this information is actually utilized for policy and program improvement. This article examines how government agencies use evidence about policy and program effectiveness, with attention to four themes: (1) the prospects for improving “evidence-informed” policy making, (2) the diversity of practices concerning evidence utilization and evaluation across types of public agencies and policy arenas, (3) recent attempts to “institutionalize” evaluation as a core feature of policy development and budget approval, and (4) the relationships between public agencies and nongovernmental sources of expertise.
Keyword Evidence-based policy
Evidence-informed policy
Public policy
Policy evaluation
Policy design
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 20 November 2015

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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