In most established democracies, there is a desire to combine policymaking with evidence, earning a notch of legitimacy for policy and research alike. The use of evidence in policymaking is a good idea, but like many good ideas it is more complicated in practice than...
Policymakers need empirical research, and a lot of researchers aspire to influence public policy, writes Stephen Easton.
Billions of taxpayer dollars are committed before all the evidence for, and against, infrastructure projects is in, and basic rules of economic modelling are broken.
There is an accepted need to bridge the gap between academic research and public policy. Knowledge brokers, individuals or organisations sympathetic to both research and policymaking cultures and able to mediate between the two, represent one way of doing so.
Evidence-based decision making (EBDM) is a framework that has yielded huge benefits in fields ranging from medicine to social policy. While the concept is becoming popular in the built environment sector and terms such as “evidence-based design” are now widely used, our research has shown...