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

Cartwright, Nancy, Goldfinch, Andrew and Howick, Jeremy (2010) 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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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.pierprofessional.com/jcsflyer/
Additional Information: © 2010 Pier Professional
Library of Congress subject classification: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Departments > Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Research centres and groups > Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2010 13:11
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/30599/

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