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Perceptions on the role of evidence: An English alcohol policy case study

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JournalEvidence and Policy
DatePublished - Jan 2014
Issue number1
Volume10
Number of pages20
Pages (from-to)93-112
Original languageEnglish

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This paper explores the competing influences which inform public health policy and describes the role that research evidence plays within the policy-making process. In particular it draws on a recent English alcohol policy case study to assess the role of evidence in informing policy and practice. Semi-structured interviews with key national, regional and local policy informants were transcribed and analysed thematically. A strong theme identified was that of the role of evidence. Findings are discussed in the context of competing views on what constitutes appropriate evidence for policy making.

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