The importance of evidence-based policy making, why measurement matters, and Claire Dunlop on learning from failure.

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by Sarah Brown, Journal Manager

Free research articles for APPAM 2017 from Policy & Politics on the importance of evidence-based policy making, why measurement matters and, Claire Dunlop on learning from failure.

In celebration of APPAM’s Fall Research Conference theme this year which looks at the importance of measurement in evaluating policy and performance, we have developed a virtual issue of recent research articles based on the conference theme which are free to access from 1-30 November. Just click on the hyperlinks below to go straight to the download page for each article.

Download the articles before 30 November while they’re free to access!

Virtual issue on Evidence-Based Policy

In celebration of this year’s APPAM theme of why measurement matters, we bring you the latest and best of our research on evidence-based policy. From our prize-winning article on Evidence translation: an exploration of policy makers’ use of evidence by Jo Ingold and Mark Monaghan, which defines a new conceptual model of evidence translation illuminating the role of evidence in policy making, to new perspectives on deliberative democracy through the lens of interpretive research methods from Selen Ercan et al in their article Studying public deliberation after the systemic turn: the crucial role for interpretive research. Plus much more besides.

For anyone involved in the study of evidence-based policy, this collection is a must-read so download it now while it’s free to access before 30 November!

Evidence translation: an exploration of policy makers’ use of evidence
Authors: Ingold, Jo; Monaghan, Mark

Can experience be evidence? Craft knowledge and evidence-based policing
Authors: Fleming, Jenny; Rhodes, Rod

British educational trajectories from school to university: evaluating quantitative evidence in policy formulation and justification
Authors: Johnston, Ron; Manley, David; Jones, Kelvyn; Hoare, Anthony; Harris, Richard

Studying public deliberation after the systemic turn: the crucial role for interpretive research
Authors: Ercan, Selen A.; Hendriks, Carolyn M.; Boswell, John

Global evidence in local debates: the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in Swiss direct-democratic debates on school policy
Authors: Schlaufer, Caroline

Also, our most recent special issue on Policy Failure is free to access from 1-30 November. Hear from Guest Editor, Professor Claire Dunlop, on why learning from policy failure is so important and what motivated her to produce this special issue.

Claire Dunlop’s special issue on Policy learning and policy failure

Policy learning and policy failure: definitions, dimensions and intersections  
Author: Dunlop, Claire A.

Pathologies of policy learning: what are they and how do they contribute to policy failure?  
Author: Dunlop, Claire A.

Overcoming the failure of ‘silicon somewheres’: learning in policy transfer
Author: Giest, Sarah

Understanding the transfer of policy failure: bricolage, experimentalism and translation  
Author: Stone, Diane

British Columbia’s fast ferries and Sydney’s Airport Link: partisan barriers to learning from policy failure  
Authors: Newman, Joshua; Bird, Malcolm G.

Policy failures, policy learning and institutional change: the case of Australian health insurance policy change  
Author: Kay, Adrian

Policy myopia as a source of policy failure: adaptation and policy learning under deep uncertainty  
Authors: Nair, Sreeja; Howlett, Michael

If you enjoyed this blog, try our other themed virtual issues which are free to download from 1-30 November:

Public Services and Reform

Customer engagement in UK water regulation: towards a collaborative regulatory state?
Authors: Heims, Eva; Lodge, Martin

Keeping expertise in its place: understanding arm’s-length bodies as boundary organisations
Authors: Boswell, John

Changing experiences of responsibilisation and contestation within counter-terrorism policies
Authors: Thomas, Paul

Local governance under austerity: hybrid organisations and hybrid officers
Authors: Pill, Madeleine; Guarneros-Meza, Valeria

The effects of privatisation on the equity of public services: evidence from China
Authors: Wang, Huanming; Mu, Rui; Liu, Shuyan

Working-class discourses of politics, policy and health: ‘I don’t smoke; I don’t drink. The only thing wrong with me is my health’
Authors: Mackenzie, Mhairi; Collins, Chik; Connolly, John; Doyle, Mick; McCartney, Gerry

Who cares? The social care sector and the future of youth employment
Authors: Montgomery, Tom; Mazzei, Micaela; Baglioni, Simone et al

UK employment services: understanding provider strategies in a dynamic strategic action field
Authors: Taylor, Rebecca; Rees, James; Damm, Christopher

Electricity market reform: so what’s new?
Authors: Toke, David; Baker, Keith

Re-evaluating local government amalgamations: utility maximisation meets the principle of double effect (PDE)
Authors: Drew, Joseph; Grant, Bligh; Fisher, Josie

Constructing the need for retrenchment: disability benefits in the United States and Great Britain
Authors: Morris, Zachary

Activating citizens in Dutch care reforms: framing new co-production roles and competences for citizens and professionals
Authors: Nederhand, Jose; Van Meerkerk, Ingmar

Shifting logics: limitations on the journey from ‘state’ to ‘market’ logic in UK higher education
Authors: Alexander, Elizabeth A.; Phillips, Wendy; Kapletia, Dharm

Welfare state

Resistance or resignation to welfare reform? The activist politics for and against social citizenship
Authors:  Edmiston, Daniel; Humpage, Louise

What ever happened to asset-based welfare? Shifting approaches to housing wealth and welfare security
Authors: Ronald, Richard; Lennartz, Christian; Kadi, Justin

Conceptualising the active welfare subject: welfare reform in discourse, policy and lived experience
Authors: Wright, Sharon

How much change? Pierson and the welfare state revisited
Authors: McCashin, Anthony

Reconsidering the fiscal-social policy nexus: the case of social insurance
Authors: Koreh, Michal; Beland, Daniel



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