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Evidence-based policy: The movement, the goals, the issues, the promise

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 10:42
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Haskins, Ron
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The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
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Monday, June 18, 2018
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Evidence is facts or other information that help us to determine whether something is true or false. When applied to programs designed to increase human well-being, evidence allows us to decide whether the program produces its intended impacts. For the past decade or two, both federal and state governments—and even several big cities—have been experiencing what might be called an evidence-based uprising that is helping them to select or develop effective social and educational programs and then improve them. This volume of The ANNALS is designed to provide a survey of the field of evidence-based practices and policymaking in articles written by some of its most notable practitioners. All the authors and the editor are fans of evidence-based policy, but most of us are well aware that we have miles to go before we can argue that the field has been proven to consistently improve the nation’s policies and show clear progress in reducing the nation’s social problems, most of which are complex and resistant to amelioration. (Author abstract)


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