Campbell Colloquium 2012 - Sandra Nutley Abstract

The need for a better map and different shoes: connecting evidence, policy and practice in an era of austerity, complexity, and decentralised decision making

The public policy context of many OECD countries can be described as financially austere, organisationally complex and characterised by decentralised decision making. While several commentators argue that under these conditions the need for timely, accessible and reliable evidence is becoming ever more important (e.g. NESTA 2010), our existing models and maps for connecting evidence, policy and practice often seem ill-suited to the task.

After sketching the challenging terrain, this presentation will explore it using a variety of shoes and navigational aids – all with the aim of mapping the territory for future explorers and settlers.