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What works?: Evidence-based policy and practice in public services

Huw T.O. Davies, Sandra M. Nutley, and Peter C. Smith


What counts is what works – but how can we actually tell what works? And what can we do with such knowledge to influence policy and practice? As all parts of the public sector embrace ‘evidence’ as a means of providing more effective and efficient public services, this book provides a contribution to such debates. The authors consider the role of evidence in specific public policy areas (healthcare, education, criminal justice, social care, welfare, housing, transport, and urban renewal), using experts in each field to explore the creation, dissemination, and use of evidence within each. They ... More

Keywords: healthcare, education, criminal justice, social care, welfare, housing, transport, urban renewal, service effectiveness, service delivery

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9781861341914
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861341914.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Huw T.O. Davies, editor

Sandra M. Nutley, editor

Peter C. Smith, editor

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Two Evidence and the policy process

Sandra Nutley, and Jeff Webb

Part One Analysis by service area

Three Healthcare: evidence to the fore

Huw Davies, and Sandra Nutley

Part Two Thematic analysis

Eleven A strategic approach to research and development

Huw Davies, Gloria Laycock, Sandra Nutley, Judy Sebba, and Trevor Sheldon

Twelve Debates on the role of experimentation

Huw Davies, Sandra Nutley, and Nick Tilley

Thirteen Non-experimental quantitative methods

John Hutton, and Peter Smith

Concluding remarks

Sixteen Learning from the past, prospects for the future

Huw Davies, Sandra Nutley, and Peter Smith