- Evidence-informed policymaking is about using the best available evidence to help make policy decisions. But why isn't it often used?
- Creating systems to gather and use evidence within government departments can often be challenging.
- Discover how governments are using evidence-informed policymaking to make public impact and achieve positive outcomes for citizens.
Simply put, evidence-informed policymaking is when policymakers use the best available evidence to help make policy decisions.
The goal of evidence-informed policymaking is to increase the role of empirical data and insights in policy decisions. It’s not always apparent whether policies work, or if they’ll cause more harm than good, so drawing on strong evidence is essential for optimising the government’s positive impact.
So, using evidence to make a decision, sounds like a no-brainer right? So why does it often not happen? It’s easier said than done and building the capacity or systems to gather and use evidence within government departments can often be challenging.
But there are some good examples out there that we can all learn from and better understand how governments can make the most of evidence-informed policymaking.
Download our brief introduction to evidence-informed policymaking, to discover how we break down the challenges, opportunities and give examples of governments using evidence to make public impact and achieve positive outcomes for citizens.
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- Policy Experimentation
- Public Consultation
- Human-centred Design
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