Feb 10, 2011

Whatever happened to evidence-based policy making?

The federal government is adding another serious question to its social and financial policy competence by informing the public that it is proceeding with the promised evaluation of the New Income Management Program.

Prime Minister Gillard in parliament yesterday:

Because I believe in tackling the big challenges in the national interest… I see Closing the Gap as a way of understanding the problems.

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5 thoughts on “Whatever happened to evidence-based policy making?

  1. SBH

    Evidence-based died alongside Jenny Macklin’s reputation as a progressive left MP

  2. MLF

    The other problem is that these days you can buy evidence to suit your ideological leaning.

  3. Tom Jones

    The problem with evidence is that it relies on a public service which is based in Canberra and tells the state officers what evidence is required to support the policy positions preferred by the out of touch mandarins in Canberra. Spending money in a program area is all that is required. That is the KPI that has to be met.

    Once State operatives were expected to get value for money, to engage with the people who are being helped and to come up with solutions that suit the situation. Now we have a situation where all of the public servants who could help are being forced out because they show everyone else up and question the stupid decisions made in Canberra.

    This is unlikely to change as tight control is what is actually wanted rather than good results. The gap is not being closed but continuing to open because of remote and dictatorial decision making and a failure to support those on the ground who really want to close the gap but leave in despair.

  4. Tamo

    Give up!
    Too hard!
    Don’t understand the problem we are trying to fix.
    Is it the same problem they are trying to fix?

  5. Huey Benjamin

    The problem is that by saying your policy is “Evidence Based”, in this scrutiny free society, it immediately gives an impervious sheen to your claim. Ad a bit of jargon..”triangulation” should do the trick, & you get a free kick!! Eva, you continue to earn your stamp!!

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