Free research articles for APPAM 2018 from Policy & Politics on improving policy-making by engaging with evidence

Sarah Brown 1Sarah Brown,
Journal Manager of Policy & Politics

In celebration of this year’s APPAM theme of improving policy-making by developing and engaging with evidence, we bring you the latest and best of our research on this topic. 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 highlighting the crucial role evidence plays in the policy process, to Richard French’s exploration of answers to the question whether it is time to give up on evidence based policy.

We’ve also included some of our most recent articles that investigate the use of evidence in different policy-making contexts. For example, in the largest study of its kind examining evidence of the impact of management consultants on efficiency in 120 NHS Hospital Trusts in England, Ian Kirkpatrick et al found a significant and positive relationship between higher expenditure on consulting services and lower hospital inefficiency, leading the authors to call for an urgent review of the use of consulting expenditure within the NHS. On a different note, Selen Ercan et al’s article employs interpretive research methods to offer brand new perspectives on deliberative democracy.

For anyone involved in the study of evidence-based policy, this collection is a must-read so download the articles now while they’re free to access – until 30 November!

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

Is it time to give up on evidence-based policy? Four answers
French, Richard

The impact of management consultants on public service efficiency
Kirkpatrick, Ian; Sturdy, Andrew J.; Reguera Alvarado, Nuria; Blanco-Oliver, Antonio; Veronesi, Gianluca

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

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

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

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

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