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Evidence-based policy: where is our theory of evidence?

Cartwright, Nancy, Goldfinch, Andrew and Howick, Jeremy (2009) Evidence-based policy: where is our theory of evidence? Journal of Children's Services, 4 (4). pp. 6-14. ISSN 1746-6660

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Identification Number: 10.5042/jcs.2010.0017


This article critically analyses the concept of evidence in evidence-based policy, arguing that there is a key problem: there is no existing practicable theory of evidence, one which is philosophically-grounded and yet applicable for evidence-based policy. The article critically considers both philosophical accounts of evidence and practical treatments of evidence in evidence-based policy. It argues that both fail in different ways to provide a theory of evidence that is adequate for evidence-based policy. The article contributes to the debate about how evidence can and should be used to reduce contingency in science and in policy based on science.

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Additional Information: © 2009 Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Divisions: CPNSS
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2010 13:11
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2024 22:57

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