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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

Affiliations: 1: Monash University, Australia 2: Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Appeared or available online: 05 February 2018

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