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Evidence-based policy: what's to be done about relevance?

Cartwright, Nancy (2009) Evidence-based policy: what's to be done about relevance? Philosophical Studies, 143 (1). pp. 127-136. ISSN 0031-8116

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s11098-008-9311-4


How can philosophy of science be of more practical use? One thing we can do is provide practicable advice about how to determine when one empirical claim is relevant to the truth of another; i.e., about evidential relevance. This matters especially for evidence-based policy, where advice is thin—and misleading—about how to tell what counts as evidence for policy effectiveness. This paper argues that good efficacy results (as in randomized controlled trials), which are all the rage now, are only a very small part of the story. To tell what facts are relevant for judging policy effectiveness, we need to construct causal scenarios about will happen when the policy is implemented.

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Additional Information: © 2009 Springer
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2011 11:27
Last Modified: 20 May 2024 07:39

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