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compass1A new blog post by Jim Sumberg, Young People and Agrifood theme convenor, explores evidence based policy, and what it means when the ‘evidence’ is incomplete, misleading or absent.

He suggests that, when this is the case, perhaps the most important thing for policy makers in this position is to establish and maintain a general direction of travel. The assumption that, in these cases, good policy making is all about objective, technical (‘evidence-​informed’) choice amongst competing policy approaches and instruments is no longer at centre stage.

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