The 'good governance' of evidence in health policy


Hawkins, B; Parkhurst, J; (2016) The 'good governance' of evidence in health policy. Evidence & policy, 12 (4). pp. 575-592. ISSN 1744-2648 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1332/174426415x14430058455412

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Abstract

Calls for evidence-based policy often fail to recognise the fundamentally political nature of policy making. Policy makers must identify, evaluate and utilise evidence to solve policy problems in the face of competing priorities and political agendas. Evidence should inform but cannot determine policy choices. This paper draws on theories of 'good governance' to develop a framework for analysing and evaluating processes of evidence-informed policy making. 'Good governance' requires the use of appropriate bodies of high-quality evidence to inform policy and promotes decision-making processes that are transparent, accountable and open to contestation by the populations they govern.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Global Health and Development
Web of Science ID: 390254400007
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/3482709

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