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Evidence, policy and practiceCritical perspectives in health and social care$
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Jon Glasby

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847423191

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847423191.001.0001

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‘Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results’ (attributed to Albert Einstein)

(p.118) (p.119) eight Conclusion
Evidence, policy and practice

Jon Glasby

Policy Press

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.

Keywords:   policy formation, social care policy, health care policy, evidence-based policy, knowledge-based policy

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