Evidence-Based Government & Public Policies

The Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy – The Coalition is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, whose mission is to increase government effectiveness through rigorous evidence about what works.

Davies, Philip. Is Evidence-Based Government Possible? PDF document Jerry Lee Lecture 2004

EPPI Centre – Part of the Social Science Research Unit at the Institute of Education, University of London, The Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Coordinating Centre conducts systematic reviews of research evidence across a range of topics, including education, health promotion, employment, social care, crime and justice.

Evidence Network – based in the School of Social Science and Public Policy, King’s College London, it is an initiative of the Economic and Social Research Council UK Centre for evidence based policy and practice.

Promising Practices Report Series – from Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania.
“With increasing frequency, people in both the government and civic spheres are asked to find and use evidence-based solutions for community problems. These solutions, which we call promising practices, have been proven to produce effective results. Unfortunately, public sector employees often lack the resources and time to mine for promising practices to address challenges their cities and towns are facing. In response to this need, Fels Research & Consulting Group created our Promising Practice series, which compiles public sector solutions on timely subjects in accessible reports.”

Kaufman, Daniel. On Evidence-based Rethinking of Governance and Challenging Orthodoxy. World Bank, 2003. Presentation by Daniel Kaufman at USAID, Washington, DC on the key issues and challenges in governance and anti-corruption programs at the World Bank.

Policy Hub: Evidence Hotlinks – provides access to a wide range of organisations and resources that will help you find evidence on social and economic issues in the United Kingdom and Internationally.

  • Evidence Based Policy Centres – Centres supporting evidence based policymaking by co-ordinating and undertaking systematic reviews of evidence on social and economic issues.

Research to Support Evidence-Based Management. Center for Organization, Leadership, & Management Research, Department of Veterans Affairs.  An interesting article from Veterans Affairs on what differs between research and managerial contexts, and how to present research to managers so that it is really used.

Tilley, Nick. Realistic Evaluation: An Overview PDF document. Presented at the Founding Conference of the Danish Evaluation Society, September 2000

“a newly uncovered, very interesting and relevant, article about evaluating interventions, with particular relevance to social policy in general and criminology in particular.” (Jeff Pfeffer)


Vreugdenhil, H., & Rault, P. K. (2010). Pilot projects for evidence-based policy-making: Three pilot projects in the rhine basin. German Policy Studies, 6(2), 115-151,187-188.

Frey, K., & Ledermann, S. (2010). Introduction: Evidence-based policy: A concept in geographical and substantive expansion. German Policy Studies, 6(2), 1-15,187.


image: what worksDavies, Huw T.O., Nutley, Sandra M., Smith, Peter C., (Eds.) 
What works? Evidence based policy and practice in public services
Policy Press, 2000.
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image: evidence based policyPawson, Ray. Evidence-Based Policy: A Realist Perspective.
Sage Publications, 2006.
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BBC Radio Program “More or Less”, Fri, June 4, 2010

Listen to the part (segment: 4:38-14:45) on evidence-based policy issues within the UK government. Includes an interview with David Willets, a minister in the UK’s new coalition government with responsibility for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (DBIS).


Evidence & Policy. The Policy Press, University of Bristol.
“The first peer-reviewed journal dedicated to comprehensive and critical assessment of the relationship between research evidence and the concerns of policy makers and practitioners, as well as researchers.”