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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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Narrative and storytelling

Narrative and storytelling

(p.103) Six Narrative and storytelling
Evidence-Based Policy Making in the Social Sciences

Vivien Lowndes

Policy Press

This chapter discusses how policymakers tell stories. Each piece of legislation and policy advice is a narrative in its own right, proposing specific links between ideas, actions, and institutions. However, what stories do they listen to in formulating policy, and can social scientists influence this process? This chapter argues that by constructing stories that ‘resonate’ with policymakers’ everyday experience (based on case studies, action research, appreciative enquiry or ethnography), social scientists are able to facilitate processes of critical reflection and creative thinking.

Keywords:   policymakers, narrative, policy, social scientists

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