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ERIC Number: EJ1132393
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-2648
Uses of Evidence in Local Cultural Policy: Performance, Legitimation, Problem Representation, and Learning in Two Australian Municipalities
Blomkamp, Emma
Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, v10 n2 p223-241 May 2014
Taking an interpretive approach to evidence-based policy, this article illustrates the rhetorical and situated uses of evidence in two case studies of local cultural policy. Broadly defined as policy-relevant knowledge, evidence is selectively used by council officers in the development, delivery, and evaluation of arts programmes at two Australian municipalities. This article identifies four main uses of evidence in this context: rituals of accountability, advocacy, programme design, and improving practice. A narrow definition of evidence as scientific data or research would fail to account for the broad range of knowledge that informs the practice of local cultural policy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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