key messages This paper elucidates the conditions of evidence-based policy-making within an expert group of the European Commission. By reconstructing key factors effecting knowlege co-production within this group and reflecting how this expert knowledge is de facto used in the political decision-making contexts, this paper is able to bring some empirical light in the black-box of political decision-making. Introduction: The mode of knowledge co-production in political expert groups of modern knowledge societies Due to the increasing importance of
394 48 Service user-controlled research for evidence-based policymaking Alison Faulkner In this chapter I explore the role and value of user-controlled research in relation to the development of social policy, drawing on the pioneering UK experience as a case study. The chapter turns our attention towards the different situations in which service users (disabled people, patients, members of the public) have seen the need to do their (our) own research rather than becoming involved in research directed by others. The focus here is on the value it has to
217 FiFteen Public interest groups and policy analysis: a push for evidence-based policy-making? Christoph Strünck Introduction Can public interest groups exert substantial influence in policy areas? Yes, they can. Any policy expert, business representative or journalist will state that public interest groups have gained much political clout since the 1990s. Public interest groups generally represent broad interests, often acting on behalf of the environment, taxpayers or consumers; such groups previously lacked the incentive and capacities for self
) is to fuel evidence-based policy-making at the level of the EU and within its member states. To this end, they have been producing comparative statistical data and indexing tools for policy-making. The present contribution takes the Slovak case as a starting point to investigate the use of these agencies’ evidence-based policy-making tools by member state actors, more particularly in the field of gender-based violence. This topic, as with many gender equality issues, is normatively connotated and generates important debates in Slovak politics. Fostered by
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This important book offers practical advice for using evidence and research in policymaking. The book has two aims. Firstly, it builds a case for ethics and global values in research and knowledge exchange, and secondly, it examines specific policy areas and how evidence can guide practice.
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Impact has become a central part of the assessment criteria for academic worth. It has been adopted by many research funding bodies, and it is firmly embedded in the British Research Excellence Framework. However, a clear definition of impact remains elusive and guidance on how exactly to achieve it is often superficial.
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Available Open Access under CC-BY-NC licence. Exploring how justice is delivered at a time of rapid technological transformation, Justice in the Digital State exposes urgent issues surrounding the modernisation of courts and tribunals whilst examining the effects of technology on established systems. Case studies investigate the rise of crowdfunded judicial reviews, the digitalisation of tribunals and the rise of ‘agile’ methodologies in building administrative justice systems. Joe Tomlinson’s cutting-edge research offers an authoritative and much-needed guide for navigating through the challenges of digital disruption.
This unique book presents the first systematic overview of policy analysis activities in Belgium. Contributors from both sides of the Dutch-French language border (from research institutes in Flanders, Brussels and Wallonia) use original empirical data, through surveys and interviews with key players both within and outside government, to provide a comprehensive study of policy analysis in a multi-level polity.
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This comprehensive study, part of the International Library of Policy Analysis, edited by Iris Geva-May and Michael Howlett, brings together for the first time a systemic overview of policy analysis activities in the Netherlands. The Netherlands is internationally regarded as one of the front-runners of policy analysis and evaluation in Europe. This book provides a much-needed overview of developments in policy analysis in both academia and practice at various levels of governance. It brings together contributions from key scholars as well as from professionals in the field. The book captures the diversity of modes of policy analysis which have evolved since the 1970s. Above all, it provides an overview of the current state of affairs and is, as such, suitable for anyone who is interested in governance and performance.
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