Three Ways of Getting to Evidence-Based Policy.
In the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Bernadette Wright (@MeaningflEvdenc) does a nice job of describing three ideologies for gathering evidence to inform policy.
- Randomista: Views randomized experiments and quasi-experimental research designs as the only reliable evidence for choosing programs.
- Explainista: Believes useful evidence needs to provide trustworthy data and strong explanation. This often means synthesizing existing information from reliable sources.
- Mapista: Creates a knowledge map of a policy, program, or issue. Visualizes the understanding developed in each study, where studies agree, and where each adds new understanding.