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ERIC Number: EJ1151559
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Aug
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1744-2648
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Evidence-Based Best Practice is More Political than It Looks: A Case Study of the "Scottish Approach"
Cairney, Paul
Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, v13 n3 p499-515 Aug 2017
National governments use evidence selectively to argue that a successful policy intervention in one local area should be emulated in others ("evidence-based best practice"). However, the value of such evidence is always limited because there is: disagreement on the best way to gather evidence of policy success, uncertainty regarding the extent to which we can draw general conclusions from specific evidence, and local policymaker opposition to interventions not developed in local areas. How do governments respond to this dilemma? This article identifies the Scottish Government response: it supports three potentially contradictory ways to gather evidence and encourage emulation.
Policy Press. University of Bristol, 1-9 Old Park Hill, Bristol BS2 8BB, UK. Tel: +44-117-954-5940; e-mail: pp-info@policypress.co.uk; Web site: https://policypress.co.uk/journals/evidence-and-policy
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)
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