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Evidence-Based Policy Making in the Social SciencesMethods That Matter$
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Gerry Stoker and Mark Evans

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447329367

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447329367.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Evidence-Based Policy Making in the Social Sciences

Gerry Stoker

Mark Evans

Policy Press

This chapter reflects on the realities of the policy world. Shortage of time, limited evidence or experience, the importance of value judgements and the power of vested interests all suggest that evidence based policy making is more easily rhetorically demanded than delivered. This chapter will conclude that social science has riches in its capacity to analyse evidence that as of yet are under-used in policy making. There are new forms of discovery just waiting to be discovered.

Keywords:   policy, evidence based policy making, social science

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