Apr 29, 2008

Evidence-based policy? Get your facts straight …

Evidence-based policy is all the rage. But the history of evidence-based medicine suggests there are reasons to be sceptical, writes Melissa Sweet.

Evidence-based policy is all the rage these days. Scarcely a moment goes by without it slipping into some utterance by a politician, bureaucrat or lobbyist.

And it sounds so sensible. Of course we want policies based on evidence, don’t we? Otherwise they mightn’t work, and our money would be wasted. Worse, we might end up with policies that do more harm than good.

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