Evidence-based policymaking (EBPM)

Kat Smith, Tina Haux

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Chapter 8 by Smith and Haux focuses on when and how evidence is used in policy-making. They explore the idea of evidence-based policy-making (EBPM) and consider the absence of agreed definitions. They discuss popular models of the relationship between evidence and policy and theories of policy-making, as well as some of the key criticisms of these approaches. After this, they take a more practical focus to consider the issues that arose when the UK’s New Labour government (1997–2010) officially committed to taking an evidence-based approach to policy-making.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Social Policy Evaluation
EditorsBent Greve
Place of PublicationCheltenham, Glos
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2017


  • social policy
  • evaluation
  • evidence based decision making


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