Social Science and the Evidence-based Policy Movement

  title={Social Science and the Evidence-based Policy Movement},
  author={Ken M. Young and Deborah Ashby and Annette Boaz and Lesley Grayson},
  journal={Social Policy and Society},
  pages={215 - 224}
There is a growing interest in ‘evidence-based policy making’ in the UK. However, there remains some confusion about what evidence-based policy making actually means. This paper outlines some of the models used to understand how evidence is thought to shape or inform policy in order to explore the assumptions underlying ‘evidence-based policy making.’ By way of example, it considers the process of evidence seeking and in particular the systematic review as a presumed ‘gold standard’ of the EBP… 

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