Why Policymakers Ignore Evidence

Great post here (from just before the summer break) on the twelve reasons why politicians don’t listen to evidence, written by Gerry Stoker at Southampton. Snippet here, but go and read the post for the list. One common rationalization offered by those that suffer the experience of being de facto ignored (notwithstanding some lip service […]

How do you pick relevant evidence for your policy?

Here’s an older post from the LSE, which struck a chord with something I’m mulling over at the moment. What is evidence-based policy making without some selection of the evidence you use. By extension – not in the LSE article – are some open policy making contributions more relevant than others? [Evidence-based policy starts] by […]

EU policy evaluation should make greater use of interpretative, qualitative research methods.

A view on how policy evaluation should work in the EU, with lessons for how we do it in the UK as well, from the LSE. How should the EU’s policies be evaluated? Using the case of EU Cohesion Policy, Julian Hörner and Paul Stephenson outline some of the main theoretical principles that underline EU […]

Evidence and policy: It’s complicated… or is it?

A good post from a couple of months back (just republished by the LSE, but this is the original), by Kirsty Evidence [I suspect that to be a pseudonym] from DfID. I love the diagram on the slide (you’ll need to click through to see it in its full glory). If you’ve ever seen a […]

Benefits of Citizen Engagement: a (Brief) Review of the Evidence

This post is by Tiago Peixoto, and originally appeared on his blog DemocracySpot. Thanks to him for permission to repost here. He writes: I am working on a brief literature review on the benefits of participation, focusing on its different types of impact. Most of it (but not entirely) relates to participatory budgeting. Below are a […]

The role of Scientists, Experts & Academia in Open Policymaking

A lot of the discussion around open policymaking has tended to focus on engaging with new stakeholders i.e. those who have not traditionally participated in the policymaking process. But what impact might open policymaking have on the way policymakers have tended to engage with scientists, academia and other expert groups? Also, what role might these […]