Evidence-based policy making in the social sciences: Methods that matter

Gerry Stoker, Mark Evans

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Drawing on the insights of some of the world’s leading authorities in public policy analysis, this important book offers a distinct and critical showcase of emerging forms of discovery for policy-making. Chapter by chapter this expert group of social scientists showcase their chosen method or approach, showing the context, the method’s key features and how it can be applied in practice, including the scope and limitations of its application and value to policy makers. Arguing that it is not just econometric analysis, cost benefit or surveys that can do policy work, the contributors demonstrate a range of other methods that can provide evidenced-based policy insights and how they can help facilitate progressive policy outcomes. The book will be ideal for upper level undergraduate students as well as Public Policy post-graduates, and can be used as the basis of an intensive learning experience for policy makers.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBristol, United Kingdom
PublisherPolicy Press
Number of pages276
ISBN (Electronic)9781447329381
ISBN (Print)9781447329367
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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