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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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Evidence-based policy making and social science

Evidence-based policy making and social science

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Evidence-Based Policy Making in the Social Sciences

Gerry Stoker

Mark Evans

Policy Press

This chapter looks at the tensions between the making of public policy and the offering of evidence from social science. Social science and policymaking are not natural ‘best’ friends. Policymakers express frustration that social science often appears to have little of relevance to say and social scientists will regularly complain that policymakers are not interested in using their evidence. Yet the two groups appear, almost against the will of the participants in them, to be thrown together. Policymakers are told to evidence their policies and social scientists are urged to step up to provide that evidence. The aim of this chapter is to help improve that situation by identifying some of the main blockages on either side of the social science and policy making fence and see how they can be addressed.

Keywords:   public policy, social science, policymaking, evidence

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