Whatever happened to evidence-based policy? Episode 1

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I had thought most governments were now largely avowed supporters of evidence-based policy. Some recent examples from Australia have made me wonder what’s going on. Here’s the first of a worrying series.

1. Target 155

This program aimed to get Melbournians to reduce their residential water consumption to 155 litres per person per day.

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Advocating for RCTs – with a non-RCT example?

Curious post by Tim Harford in the Financial Times recently “Political ideas need proper testing” that slides from advocating for better empirical investigation of public policy by systematic experimentation to discussing this only in terms of RCTs – and then uses as the exemplar a brilliant example of using other types of evidence to inform policy.

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Investing In Innovation – a need to apply what we know about evidence-based policy

The new funding rules for the US Department of Education’s $650 million Investing in Innovation appear based on an out-of-date model of evidence-based policy and hierarchy of evidence. Recent developments in our understanding of evidence-based policy would suggest changes are needed to the selection criteria and to how successful proposals will be evaluated.

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