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Knowing what we are talking about: why evidence doesn't always travel

Cartwright, Nancy (2013) Knowing what we are talking about: why evidence doesn't always travel. Evidence and Policy: a Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 9 (1). pp. 97-112. ISSN 1744-2648

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Identification Number: 10.1332/174426413X662581


When is a well-established study result that a given policy/programme/treatment produced a given outcome in a particular study setting ('there') evidence that that policy/programme/treatment will produce that outcome in a new setting ('here')? This paper insists that 'there' and 'here' be firmly distinguished and offers in answer that we must have evidence that two further facts obtain: (a) that the policy can play the same causal role widely (widely enough to cover both here and there) and (b) that a complete set of the support factors necessary for the policy to operate here are present in some individuals here.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2013 Policy Press
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2014 15:38
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2024 18:54
Projects: AH/H007857/1
Funders: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

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