Mobilising evidence in public policy

The contribution of the evidence provider

Louise Thornthwaite, Sharron O'Neill

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Abstract

This article contributes to the conceptualisation of evidence‐based policy through providing a framework of the key factors that influence research utilisation, including those that shape the quality of evidence provided. We apply this framework to an analysis of public policy to regulate the remuneration of freight truck drivers to improve workplace safety in their industry. Recent policymaking concerning the regulation of truck drivers’ remuneration in Australia provides an opportunity to examine the quality and utilisation of research evidence by external evidence providers in opposing political contexts. This article suggests the need for informed and vigilant scrutiny of the contributions of evidence providers to government policymaking, particularly in the case of wicked policy problems about which there are sustained ideological differences that underpin problematisation, research interpretation, and conceivable policy solutions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-154
Number of pages18
JournalAustralian Journal of Public Administration
Volume78
Issue number2
Early online date10 Oct 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019

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Keywords

  • evidence providers
  • evidence-based policy
  • health and safety
  • policy-based evidence
  • remuneration
  • road freight transport industry
  • truck drivers

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