NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ1132127
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-2648
Informed Ignorance and the Difficulty of Using Guidelines in Policy Processes
Fernler, Karin
Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, v11 n3 p377-396 Aug 2015
Based on an ethnographic study, this article investigates an attempt by a multidisciplinary group to employ pre-developed guidelines for producing a knowledge base that was to be used in a policy decision. The article contributes to previous studies of the development and use of knowledge-based guidelines and knowledge syntheses in policy-research collaborations. It is concluded that guidelines are inevitably characterised by informed ignorance, and that this informed ignorance is both an obstacle and a necessity for the successful employment of guidelines in policy processes.
Policy Press. University of Bristol, 1-9 Old Park Hill, Bristol BS2 8BB, UK. Tel: +44-117-954-5940; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A