Evidence Based Policy

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Abstract

Since the late 1990s, increased attention has been given by governments and scholars to evidence-based policymaking (EBPM). The use of the term EBPM appears to have emerged with the election of Tony Blair’s government in the United Kingdom (UK) and a desire to be seen to be taking ideology and politics out of the policy process. The focus was on drawing on research-based evidence to inform policymakers about “what works” and thereby produce better policy outcomes. In this sense, evidence-based policy is arguably a new label for an old concern. The relationship between knowledge, research, and policy has been a focus of scholarly attention for decades—Annette Boaz and her colleagues date it to as early as 1895 (Boaz et al., 2008, p. 234).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics
PublisherOxford Univeristy Press
Pages1-1
Number of pages1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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NameOxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics

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