Evidence-based policy (EBP)

‘EBP is a discourse or set of methods which informs the policy process, rather than aiming to directly affect the eventual goals of the policy. It advocates a more rational, rigorous and systematic approach. The pursuit of EBP is based on the premise that policy decisions should be better informed by available evidence and should include rational analysis. This is because policy which is based on systematic evidence is seen to produce better outcomes.’ (Sutcliffe and Court, 2005: iii).

Sutcliffe S.; Court, J. 2005. Evidence-based policymaking: What is it? How does it work? What relevance for developing countries? London: Overseas Development Institute. Retrieved from: https://www.odi.org/sites/odi.org.uk/files/odi-assets/publications-opinion-files/3683.pdf

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