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ERIC Number: EJ1131668
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-2648
Framing, Ideology and Evidence: Uganda's HIV Success and the Development of PEPFAR's "ABC" Policy for HIV Prevention
Parkhurst, Justin O.
Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, v8 n1 p17-36 Jan 2012
Cognitive framing theories explain how individuals understand and apply information in relation to existing experiences and beliefs. Yet these theories have rarely been applied to explore the interpretation and application of evidence in policy development. This paper undertakes a critical discourse analysis of interviews and texts surrounding a highly contested United States policy for international HIV prevention. Analysis illustrates that, rather than speaking for itself, evidence is defined by framing processes, with competing interpretations found to reflect internal consistency with core beliefs about sexual behaviour. This illustrates the importance of making explicit the roles that belief systems play in shaping how evidence is used in policy development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Uganda
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