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The Evidence Information Service as a new platform for supporting evidence-based policy: a consultation of UK parliamentarians

Lawrence, Natalia S., Chambers, Jemma, Morrison, Sinead M., Bestman, Sven, O'Grady, Gerard Nigel, Chambers, Christopher D. and Kythreotis, Andrew P. 2017. The Evidence Information Service as a new platform for supporting evidence-based policy: a consultation of UK parliamentarians. Evidence & Policy 13 (2) , pp. 275-316. 10.1332/174426416X14643531912169

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Abstract

The value of evidence-based policy is well established, yet major hurdles remain in connecting policymakers with the wider research community. Here we assess whether a UK Evidence Information Service (EIS) could facilitate interaction between parliamentarians and research professionals. Fifty-six UK parliamentarians were interviewed to gauge the challenges of working with evidence and the potential utility of an EIS. Grounded theory analysis identified several barriers to evidence-based policymaking, however 85% of parliamentarians supported the EIS, preferring a rapid, impartial, concise, and optionally confidential service. We conclude that an EIS integrated with existing parliamentary systems could enhance dialogue between policymakers and researchers.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning
English, Communication and Philosophy
Medicine
Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: CITIZEN SCIENCE; EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY; PARLIAMENTARIAN
Publisher: Policy Press
ISSN: 1744-2648
Funders: BBSRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 17 February 2016
Last Modified: 26 Dec 2017 20:41
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/87139

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