Evidence-Based Policy

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Evidence-Based Policy[edit]

Evidence-based policy is public policy that has been informed by extensive collection and analysis of widely researched objective evidence. A defining characteristic of evidence-based policy is the regular and randomized use of scientifically controlled trials aimed at analyzing the effectiveness of a policy and identifying ways in which it could be improved to achieve the best outcome. This approach to public policy was popularized by Tony Blair’s government in the UK when it made the decision to move away from ideology-based policy making which it argued often does not really tackle the roots of problems and is too focused on short-term solutions, as opposed to evidence-based policy which operates based on proven results.

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