Ten ways to optimize evidence-based policy

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Applying knowledge to problems has occupied the minds of great philosophers, scientists and other thinkers for centuries. In more modern times, the challenge of connecting knowledge to practice has been addressed through fields such as evidence-based medicine which have conceptualized optimal healthcare as integration of best available research evidence, clinical experience and patients’ values [1]. Similar principles apply to evidence-based public policy, and literature in this field has been growing since the turn of the century [2].

The exponential rise in knowledge availability has greatly enhanced the ‘supply’ side of the evidence-into-practice equation – however, substantial gaps between evidence and practice remain [3]. Policymakers are therefore increasingly looking to academia to optimize evidence-informed policy. This article presents ten considerations for optimising evidence-based policy, drawn from experience in delivering applied behavior change research to government.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1253-1256
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Comparative Effectiveness Research
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019


  • co-design
  • co-production
  • evidence-based policy
  • evidence-based practice

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