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Evidence‐based policy : where is our theory of evidence?

Cartwright, N. and Goldfinch, A. and Howick, J. (2010) 'Evidence‐based policy : where is our theory of evidence?', Journal of children’s services., 4 (4). pp. 6-14.


This article critically analyses the concept of evidence in evidence‐based policy, arguing that there is a key problem: there is no existing practicable theory of evidence, one which is philosophically‐grounded and yet applicable for evidence‐based policy. The article critically considers both philosophical accounts of evidence and practical treatments of evidence in evidence‐based policy. It argues that both fail in different ways to provide a theory of evidence that is adequate for evidence‐based policy. The article contributes to the debate about how evidence can and should be used to reduce contingency in science and in policy based on science.

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Additional Information:Also in (2007) A. Beckermann, H. Tetens, and S. Walter (eds.), Philosophy: Foundations and Applications, Main Lectures and Colloquia Talks of the German Analytic Philosophy Conference GAP. Paderborn: Mentis-Verlag. Also as "Technical Report 02/07" (2007), Contingency and Dissent in Science Series. CPNSS, LSE.
Keywords:Evidence‐based policy, Philosophy of science, Levels of evidence, Children's services.
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Date deposited:08 October 2015
Date of first online publication:January 2010
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