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Mark Monaghan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847426970

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847426970.001.0001

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Conceptualising and modelling evidence use in politicised policy areas

Conceptualising and modelling evidence use in politicised policy areas

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(p.129) Eight Conceptualising and modelling evidence use in politicised policy areas
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Evidence versus politics
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Mark Monaghan

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847426970.003.0008

This chapter explains evidence utilisation in a politicised area via a model of evidence-based policy making. It starts with the premise that a key tenet of the politicisation is that policies are always in a constant state of flux as new data and personnel assume key positions in the decision-making process. Using the notion of conceptual flux as a starting point, the debate then turns to how this can be modelled. This entails a brief survey of existing models of research utilization. The chapter suggests that for various reasons, these are not suitable for ascertaining the minutiae of the evidence and policy connection in a heavily politicised context. As this is the case, the discussion considers some newer additions to the literature. It introduces a newer processual model as the most suitable means for understanding the complex relationship between evidence and policy formulation.

Keywords:   evidence-based policy, evidence utilisation, conceptual flux, politicised areas, policy formulation

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