Popular Content from 2019
Informing Civil Servants to Make Better Decisions | Daniel Rogger & Ravi Soman, VoxDev
“Informing public policy will require both better research as well as better public sector incentives.”
An interesting study that highlights the important role organizational incentives play in building a culture of evidence use in government. The authors found that when public officials are given authority over decision making, they invest in more accurate beliefs about the constituents they serve, and when they work in an organization that rewards information gathering, they do more of it.
7 Insights for Peer Learning Approaches in Evidence-Informed Policymaking | Abeba Taddese, Results for All
Over the last year, our work at Results for All has focused on exploring how to facilitate opportunities for government policymakers to share knowledge, experiences, and lessons learned in accelerating the use of evidence to inform policy. Here we distill our observations into 7 key insights and principles for peer-to-peer learning for government. Do you agree? What’s missing? Please reply to this email or comment on the blog to share your thoughts!
Uncovering the Practices of Evidence-Informed Policy-Making | Louise Shaxon, Public Management & Money
“Although the analysis is in its early stages, it does suggest that government departments and agencies concerned to implement a holistic approach to evidence-informed policy-making could consider basing their strategies on seven core practices.”
Drawing on examples from the U.S. (Results for America’s Invest in What Works Federal Index) and the UK’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), the paper identifies a minimum set of practices to help governments take a holistic approach to evidence-informed decision making.
7 Types of Policy Makers and What they Mean for Getting your Research Used | Markus Goldstein, The World Bank
“Based on my experiences [with this] there are seven types of policy makers, and knowing your counterpart’s type might be helpful in figuring out how to pitch your discussion.”
The author suggests that by understanding the type of policymaker they are engaging with, researchers can better tailor their approach to meet policymakers where they are, and offers 7 aspects of policymakers to consider in discussions.
The Politics of Evidence: From Evidence-Based Policy to the Good Governance of Evidence | Justin Parkhurst, London School of Economics
“A heavy focus on individuals as the driving force to improve the use of evidence in policymaking raises two particular issues. The first has to do with the roles of researchers, who are under increasing pressure to ensure that the research evidence they produce is ‘used’ or ‘taken up’. This risks encouraging researchers to have political influence, a role that they are neither trained to do nor one that many feel they have the mandate to take on. The second problem is that such efforts can have a limited duration of impact, given that both researchers and decision makers will naturally change over time or move on from existing positions.”
Parkhurst advances a holistic ‘good governance of evidence’ approach, defined as the use of rigorous, systematic and technically valid pieces of evidence within decision making processes that are representative of, and accountable to, populations served.