Learning from complex policy evaluations. Downe, J., Martin, S., & Bovaird, T. Policy & Politics, 40(4):505--523, 2012.
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Recognition of the importance of interactions between policies has fuelled demand for larger, longer-term, more holistic studies of their impacts and effectiveness. The broader perspective provided by evaluations of this kind appears to have been useful to policy makers, but their scale and complexity present practical and methodological challenges. Research funders need to commission and coordinate groups of studies rather than procuring research on an ad-hoc basis. Researchers need to be willing to share data and develop methods of collecting evidence relating to overarching themes as opposed to more narrowly defined programme and policy objectives.
@article{downe_learning_2012,
	title = {Learning from complex policy evaluations},
	volume = {40},
	doi = {10.1332/030557312X645766},
	abstract = {Recognition of the importance of interactions between policies has fuelled demand for larger, longer-term, more holistic studies of their impacts and effectiveness. The broader perspective provided by evaluations of this kind appears to have been useful to policy makers, but their scale and complexity present practical and methodological challenges. Research funders need to commission and coordinate groups of studies rather than procuring research on an ad-hoc basis. Researchers need to be willing to share data and develop methods of collecting evidence relating to overarching themes as opposed to more narrowly defined programme and policy objectives.},
	number = {4},
	journal = {Policy \& Politics},
	author = {Downe, James and Martin, Steve and Bovaird, Tony},
	year = {2012},
	keywords = {evidence-based policy, Local government, Meta-Evaluation, Modernisation},
	pages = {505--523},
	file = {swproxy (2).pdf:files/37138/swproxy (2).pdf:application/pdf}
}

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