‘Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results’ (attributed to Albert Einstein)
This concluding chapter provides a brief summary of key themes and issues. The different chapters have repeated key messages about the limitations of traditional rational models of policy formation. This book advocates a model of what may be described as ‘evidence-informed’ or ‘knowledge-based’ policy and practice in which researchers and policy makers interact at an earlier stage; policy makers, researchers and managers pay more attention to the process of implementation and to the importance of local contexts; and academic rigour and policy relevance are seen as often being two sides of the same coin rather than necessarily being in conflict with each other.
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