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Wicked Problems
The concept of “wicked problems” has attracted increasing focus in policy research, but the implications for public organizations have received less attention. This article examines the main
Three lenses of evidence-based policy
  • B. Head
  • Political Science
  • 1 March 2008
This article discusses recent trends to incorporate the results of systematic research (or ‘evidence’) into policy development, program evaluation and program improvement. This process is consistent
Community Engagement: Participation on Whose Terms?
  • B. Head
  • Political Science
  • 1 September 2007
Community engagement and citizen participation have long been important themes in liberal democratic theory, although managerial versions of liberal democracy have typically been dominant. In the
Wicked Problems in Public Policy
Some of the most difficult policy problems of the modern era have been described as complex, intractable, open-ended and 'wicked'. What are the key features of such problems? And are they really very
Toward More “Evidence-Informed” Policy Making?
The quality of public decision making depends significantly on the quality of analysis and advice provided through public organizations. Champions of “evidence-informed” policy making claim that
Assessing network-based collaborations
  • B. Head
  • Political Science
  • 1 November 2008
Abstract This article suggests that network collaborations are likely to vary in important ways depending on the nature of the issue/challenge being addressed and the range of stakeholders involved.
Determinants of young Australians’ environmental actions: the role of responsibility attributions, locus of control, knowledge and attitudes
The current study investigates determinants of young Australians’ pro-environmental intentions and actions. Two samples of young people took part in the research: 12 - 17-year-olds (N = 1529)
Wicked and less wicked problems: a typology and a contingency framework
Abstract This paper addresses shortcomings in the scholarship about ‘wicked problems’, and suggests ways of tackling them. Firstly, accounts of these problems tend to ‘totalise’, regarding them as