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What Counts as Good Evidence? Provocation Paper for the Alliance for Useful Evidence

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Resource type:Research, reports and studies
Language:English
Keywords:Development & humanitarian aid
Author(s):Nutley, S., Powell, A., Davies, H.
Date published:February 2013
Pages:40pp

Making better use of evidence is essential if public services are to deliver more for less. Central to this challenge is the need for a clearer understanding about standards of evidence that can be applied to the research informing social policy. This paper reviews the extent to which it is possible to reach a workable consensus on ways of identifying and labelling evidence. It does this by exploring the efforts made to date and the debates that have ensued. Throughout, the focus is on evidence that is underpinned by research, rather than other sources of evidence such as expert opinion or stakeholder views.

 

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