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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Evidence-based best practice is more political than it looks: a case study of the 'Scottish Approach'
Author(s): Cairney, Paul
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Keywords: Scottish Approach
best practice
evidence-based policymaking
scaling up
Issue Date: Aug-2017
Citation: Cairney P (2017) Evidence-based best practice is more political than it looks: a case study of the 'Scottish Approach'. Evidence and Policy, 13 (3), pp. 499-515.
Abstract: National governments use evidence selectively to argue that a successful policy intervention in one local area should be emulated in others ('evidence-based best practice'). However, the value of such evidence is always limited because there is: disagreement on the best way to gather evidence of policy success, uncertainty regarding the extent to which we can draw general conclusions from specific evidence, and local policymaker opposition to interventions not developed in local areas. How do governments respond to this dilemma? This article identifies the Scottish Government response: it supports three potentially contradictory ways to gather evidence and encourage emulation
DOI Link: 10.1332/174426416X14609261565901
Rights: This article is open-access. Open access publishing allows free access to and distribution of published articles where the author retains copyright of their work by employing a Creative Commons attribution licence. Proper attribution of authorship and correct citation details should be given.
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