Evidence-based policy making: determining what is evidence

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dc.contributor.author Phillips, Peter W. B.
dc.contributor.author Castle, David
dc.contributor.author Smyth, Stuart J.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-07-30T17:47:44Z
dc.date.available 2020-07-30T17:47:44Z
dc.date.copyright 2020 en_US
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.citation Phillips, P. W. B., Catle, D., & Smyth, S. J. (2020). Reporting the limits of detection and quantification for environmental DNA assays. Heliyon, 6(7), 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2020.e04519. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2020.e04519
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/11970
dc.description.abstract In the era of evidence-based policy, framing and assessing the core evidence is fundamental to our ability to use research in support of public policy. In a world of almost exponentially expanding scholarly publication, it is becoming harder to define what is known. This article reviews the basic theories of knowledge, the context for sorting through and summarizing that knowledge and a number of options available, and used, to assemble the knowledge base for research and policy work. The authors undertook a summative process in the domain of biotechnology, agriculture and development and offer insights into the comparative methods and their impacts on the outcome. A population sample of 421 articles was gathered. Four methods—expert Delphi, citation analysis, social network analysis and peer evaluation—were used to select the 51 pieces for inclusion and analysis in the core literature. That analysis shows that each process delivered a different set of evidence. The potential for bias in knowledge assessment can challenge policy makers in their process of reviewing evidence that rationalizes policy. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Heliyon en_US
dc.subject Bibliometrics en_US
dc.subject Delphi en_US
dc.subject Evidence-based policy en_US
dc.subject Literature analysis en_US
dc.subject Social network analysis en_US
dc.subject Survey articles en_US
dc.subject Agricultural economics en_US
dc.subject Agricultural policy en_US
dc.subject Agricultural technology en_US
dc.subject Network analysis en_US
dc.subject Knowledge representation en_US
dc.subject Information science en_US
dc.subject Agriculture en_US
dc.title Evidence-based policy making: determining what is evidence en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Faculty en_US
dc.description.reviewstatus Reviewed en_US

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