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ERIC Number: EJ1161868
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-2648
Ex Ante Research Explored: Numbers, Types and Use of Ex Ante Policy Studies by the Dutch Government
Haarhuis, Carolien Maria Klein; Smit, Monika
Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, v13 n4 p647-668 Nov 2017
Ex ante research can contribute to evidence-informed policies. In this article, we explore numbers and types of ex ante studies as well as their use. First, we took stock of a potentially wide range of ex ante studies published by the Dutch government between 2005 and 2011, applying a systematic approach. Though unevenly distributed across ministries, quite a number and variety of studies were found covering among others: feasibility, intended effects and side effects. Subsequently, we looked into five cases to explore how ex ante studies were used and why. We tentatively conclude that the political decision-making context is key.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands
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