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Open Access Understanding evidence use within education policy: a policy narrative perspective

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There are growing calls for improved understandings of the role of evidence within policy development. There is long-standing recognition of the role of narratives and narrative processes in public policy. The aim of this paper is to explore the potential of policy narratives as a way to make sense of evidence use in policy. Drawing on an exploratory study of evidence use by Australian education policymakers, we describe how policy narratives emerged as a recurring theme and repeated reference point. Building on these findings, we argue that policy narratives deserve greater attention and discussion within the field of evidence use.
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Keywords: education; evidence use; policy; policy narrative

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 2019

This article was made available online on February 5, 2018 as a Fast Track article with title: "Understanding evidence use within education policy: a policy narrative perspective".

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