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Cairney, Paul – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 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…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Policy Formation, Evidence Based Practice, Best Practices
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Grek, Sotiria – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 2015
The paper examines the case of education policy learning in Europe and argues that, contrary to dominant assumptions, education is a fruitful area for the analysis of Europeanising processes. More specifically, an examination of the case of the Scottish school inspectorate's European exchanges is useful in relation to the study of international…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Learning, Politics
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Blomkamp, Emma – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 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…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Evidence Based Practice, Municipalities, Culture
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Oliver, Kathryn; Aicken, Catherine; Arai, Lisa – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 2013
Drawing lessons from research can help policy makers make better decisions. If a large and methodologically varied body of research exists, as with childhood obesity, this is challenging. We present new research and policy objectives for child obesity developed by triangulating user involvement data with a mapping study of interventions aimed at…
Descriptors: Obesity, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Mixed Methods Research
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Caswill, Chris; Lyall, Catherine – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 2013
This paper expands the discussion of knowledge brokerage by connecting it to long-standing debates within the social sciences about the effective transmission of scientifically produced knowledge into the worlds of policy and practice. This longer-term perspective raises some different questions about intermediary roles which are then tested…
Descriptors: Knowledge Management, Facilitators (Individuals), Entrepreneurship, Social Science Research
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Murdock, Alex; Shariff, Razia; Wilding, Karl – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 2013
This paper considers the different approaches to undertake knowledge exchange between academia and the third sector from three practitioner perspectives. London South Bank University (LSBU), as part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) Social Enterprise Capacity Building Cluster (CBC), has been…
Descriptors: Technology Transfer, Partnerships in Education, Capacity Building, Research and Development
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Lightowler, Claire; Knight, Christine – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 2013
Over the last decade, higher education policy in the United Kingdom (UK) has increasingly focused on the impact of academic research. This has resulted in the emergence of specialist knowledge brokers within UK universities in the social sciences and humanities. Our empirical research identified a tension between the research impact agenda and the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Educational Policy, Research and Development
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Souto-Otero, Manuel – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 2013
This article explores the initial results produced by the European Commission's "better regulation agenda", which aims to stimulate productivity and employment, on the use of evidence and its potential to enhance democratic governance. The article finds that implausible rational models of policy making dictate the ways in which the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public Policy, Educational Policy, Federal Regulation
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Hobin, Erin P.; Hayward, Sarah; Riley, Barbara; Di Ruggiero, Erica; Birdsell, Judy – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 2012
Population and public health research has been shifting from describing factors that shape health to an interrogation of the processes and outcomes underpinning policy and programme interventions. This shift has given rise to acknowledging population health intervention research (PHIR) as a distinct field of study in Canada. Given that PHIR aims…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Evidence Based Practice, Population Education, Health Education
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Brown, Chris – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 2012
The phrase "knowledge adoption" refers to the often-complicated process by which policy makers "take on board" evidence. While models have been put forward to explain this activity, this paper argues that such models are flawed and fail to fully address those complexities affecting the successful realisation of knowledge…
Descriptors: Evidence, Educational Policy, Policy Formation, Adoption (Ideas)
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Dagenais, Christian; Lysenko, Larysa; Abrami, Philip C.; Bernard, Robert M.; Ramde, Jean; Janosz, Michel – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 2012
The trend towards using research knowledge to improve policies and practices is on the rise. However, despite considerable effort and notable progress in recent years, it seems that school practitioners continue to make little use of research and it is not clear what conditions would facilitate or obstruct this use. This review focuses exclusively…
Descriptors: Research Utilization, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, Educational Practices
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Stafford, Bruce – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 2012
Governments in the United Kingdom have been contracting out policy reviews to individuals. One such review, of elective home education in England, reveals serious shortcomings to this practice. This paper explores the shortcomings--methodological and presentational--with the review, and highlights the fact that there was no governmental mechanism…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Evidence, Government Role, Access to Information
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Shine, Kasey Treadwell; Bartley, Brendan – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 2011
This paper explores questions of ownership of and receptivity to research-based evidence and, in combination with often competing values, their effect on collaborative evidence-informed policy making (EIPM). We propose that these issues generate a "dynamo" of push-pull factors for policy makers, researchers and research managers. Through…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Ownership, Values, Policy Formation
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de Goede, Joyce; Steenkamer, Betty; Treurniet, HenriĆ«tte; Putters, Kim; van Oers, Hans – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 2011
A comprehensive report has been prepared on the state of public health and healthcare in the Midden-Holland region of the Netherlands. This study describes the development of the report and the mechanisms behind public health knowledge utilisation by three groups of health policy actors: local authorities, public health professionals and regional…
Descriptors: Public Health, Foreign Countries, Health Services, Research Utilization