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To Bridge the Divide between Evidence and Policy: Reduce Ambiguity as Much as Uncertainty

Citation
Cairney P, Oliver K & Wellstead A (2016) To Bridge the Divide between Evidence and Policy: Reduce Ambiguity as Much as Uncertainty, Public Administration Review, 76 (3), pp. 399-402.

Abstract
Policy makers cannot consider all evidence relevant to policy. They use two shortcuts—emotions and beliefsto understand problems and “rational” ways of establishing the best evidence on solutions—to act quickly in complex,multilevel policy-making environments. Many studies only address one part of this problem. Improving the supply ofevidence helps reduce scientific and policy maker uncertainty. However, policy makers also combine their beliefs withlimited evidence to reduce ambiguity in order to choose one of several possible ways to understand and solve a problem.We use this insight to consider solutions designed to “close the evidence–policy gap.

StatusPublished
AuthorsCairney Paul, Oliver Kathryn, Wellstead Adam
Publication date05/2016
Publication date online08/04/2016
PublisherWiley-Blackwell for the American Society for Public Administration
ISSN 0033-3352
LanguageEnglish

Journal
Public Administration Review: Volume 76, Issue 3

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