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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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The two communities of evidence and policy, the challenge of politics and the impact of the media

The two communities of evidence and policy, the challenge of politics and the impact of the media

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Evidence versus politics
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Mark Monaghan

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847426970.003.0003

This chapter details some established criticisms of the evidence-based policy-making agenda. These revolve around three main areas: the inadequacies of research and researchers; inadequacies in the context, beliefs, and actions of policy makers; and inadequacies in the link between the two groups. It provides a critical appraisal of these critiques, and then turns to attempts that have been made to transcend this divide. This makes particular reference to the burgeoning literature surrounding knowledge brokering and transfer. However, any attempts to bridge the divide are beset with difficulties because the connection is not easy to predict. These issues are magnified in heavily politicised policy areas. In particular, the chapter discusses the impact of politics and the media on policy issues, and the knock-on effect this has for data production in these policy domains.

Keywords:   evidence-based policy, research inadequacies, knowledge brokering, politicised policy areas, politics, media

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