Research shapes policy: but the dynamics are subtle

Robbie Foy, Louise Locock, Sarah Purdy, Catherine O'Donnell, Nicola Gray, Tim Doran, Huw Davies

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Abstract

Major policy initiatives such as the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) in the national contract for UK general practitioners might variably be informed by evidence at their inception, implementation and subsequent evolution. But what evidence gets admitted into these policy debates-and what is left out? Using QOF as an example, this article demonstrates what an analysis of the relationship between policy and the associated research can tell us about the underlying policy assumptions and about the role of evidence in policy debates. © 2013 Copyright CIPFA.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-14
Number of pages6
JournalPublic Money & Management
Volume33
Issue number1
Early online date14 Nov 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

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Keywords

  • evidence
  • policy
  • Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF)
  • research discourse

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Foy, R., Locock, L., Purdy, S., O'Donnell, C., Gray, N., Doran, T., & Davies, H. (2013). Research shapes policy: but the dynamics are subtle. Public Money & Management, 33(1), 9-14. https://doi.org/10.1080/09540962.2013.744869