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

Paul Tomas Toner, Charlie Lloyd, Betsy Thom, Susanne MacGregor, Christine Ann Godfrey, Rachel Herring, Jordan Tchilingirian

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

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