A Challenge for Evidence-Based Policy

Axiomathes 27 (1):1-13 (2017)

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Adam La Caze
University of Queensland
Mark Colyvan
University of Sydney
Abstract
Evidence-based policy has support in many areas of government and in public affairs more generally. In this paper we outline what evidence-based policy is, then we discuss its strengths and weaknesses. In particular, we argue that it faces a serious challenge to provide a plausible, over-arching account of evidence. We contrast evidence-based policy with evidence-based medicine, especially the role of evidence in assessing the effectiveness of medicines. The evidence required for policy decisions does not easily lend itself to randomized controlled trials, nor, for that matter, being listed in a single all-purpose hierarchy.
Keywords Evidence  Evidence-based policy  Evidence-based medicine  Randomized controlled trials  Public policy
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DOI 10.1007/s10516-016-9291-5
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