Why do we use evidence-based policy?
The reasons for the use of evidence-based policy should be obvious to policymakers. Anyone in a position to make decisions should look to do so with the most robust evidence for them.
In some cases robust evidence may indicate that some policies are not only ineffective, but also actively harmful. For example, the Scared Straight programme was shown to increase the likelihood of recidivism and the use of Critical Incident Stress Debriefing has been shown to increase ….read more