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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

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

Mark Monaghan

Policy Press

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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