The Scottish approach to evidence: a discussion paper

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Author: Pippa Coutts and Jenny Brotchie

Year: 2017

ISBN: 9781909447561

As public services face increasing challenges in the face of economic, social and demographic pressures how do we improve lives effectively? Evidence informed policy and practice will be key.

Stimulated by debates at a roundtable discussion with senior stakeholders from academia, the third sector and government this paper examines the particular public policy context in Scotland and implications for evidence use and generation. It argues that cross sectoral stakeholders in Scotland have the opportunity to develop an expertise on evidence effective participative policy making and that there is much to share and learn across borders where similar shifts in policy are taking place.

This paper is intended to stimulate discussion and debate. Do let us know what you think

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