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Research shapes policy: but the dynamics are subtle

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  • Robbie Foy
  • Louise Locock
  • Sarah Purdy
  • Catherine O'Donnell
  • Nicola Gray
  • Timothy Doran
  • Huw Davies


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JournalPublic Money and Management
DatePublished - Jan 2013
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)9-14
Original languageEnglish


Major policy initiatives such as the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) in the national contract for UK general practitioners might variably be informed by evidence at their inception, implementation and subsequent evolution. But what evidence gets admitted into these policy debates—and what is left out? Using QOF as an example, this article demonstrates what an analysis of the relationship between policy and the associated research can tell us about the underlying policy assumptions and about the role of evidence in policy debates.

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