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Does knowledge brokering facilitate evidence-based policy? A review of existing knowledge and an agenda for future research

MacKillop, Eleanor, Quarmby, Sarah and Downe, James 2020. Does knowledge brokering facilitate evidence-based policy? A review of existing knowledge and an agenda for future research. Policy and Politics 48 (3) , pp. 335-353. 10.1332/030557319X15740848311069

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Abstract

The claim that evidence-based policy (EBP) produces better outcomes has gained increasing support over the last three decades. Knowledge brokering (KB) is seen as a way to achieve improved policymaking and governments worldwide are investing significant resources in KB initiatives. It is therefore important to understand the range of these activities and to investigate whether and how they facilitate EBP. This article critically reviews the extant literature on KB. It identifies six important limitations: the existence of multiple definitions of KB; a lack of theory-based empirical analysis; a neglect of knowledge brokering organisations; insufficient research on KB in social policy; limited analysis of impact and effectiveness; and a lack of attention to the role played by politics. The paper proposes an agenda for future research that bridges disciplinary boundaries in order to address these gaps and contribute new insights into the politics of evidence use.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Additional Information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
Publisher: Policy Press
ISSN: 0305-5736
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 20 November 2019
Date of Acceptance: 18 November 2019
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2020 12:51
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/126976

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