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Using evidence well


  • Joann Wilkie

    (Treasury, Government of Australia)

  • Angelia Grant

    (Treasury, Government of Australia)


We all rely on evidence. All decisions are based on past experiences, theories and expectations. In a policymaking context, the use of evidence can be challenging: in some cases there may be a plethora of evidence, in others a dearth; evidence may be ambiguous, sometimes partly contradictory, or not directly applicable to the policy under consideration; and there may be time constraints that restrict the gathering of evidence. Using evidence well requires an understanding of how it is produced and used in the policymaking process.

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  • Joann Wilkie & Angelia Grant, 2009. "Using evidence well," Economic Roundup, The Treasury, Australian Government, issue 1, pages 17-25, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:tsy:journl:journl_tsy_er_2009_1_2

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    1. Eric A. Hanushek & Margaret E. Raymond, 2005. "Does school accountability lead to improved student performance?," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 24(2), pages 297-327.
    2. Eric A. Hanushek & Margaret E. Raymond, 2006. "School accountability and student performance," Regional Economic Development, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, issue Mar, pages 51-61.
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    policy-making; evidence based research;

    JEL classification:

    • H00 - Public Economics - - General - - - General
    • I3 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty
    • B4 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology


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