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Evidence-based policy: where is our theory of evidence?

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This paper critically analyses the concept of evidence in evidence-based-policy arguing that there is key problem: that there is no existing practicable theory of evidence, one which is philosophically grounded and yet applicable for evidencebased policy. The paper critically considers both philosophical accounts of evidence and practical treatments of evidence in evidence-based-policy. It argues that both fail in different ways to provide a theory of evidence that is adequate for evidence-basedpolicy. The paper is a valuable contribution to the part of the research project that explores how evidence can and should be used to reduce contingency in science, and policy based on science.

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http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/32016/

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