how do policymakers interpret different types of evidence

How do policymakers interpret different types of evidence?


Published 05.06.24

Better evidence doesn't necessarily translate into better policy. This podcast outlines how researchers can more effectively present their insights.


How does new evidence influence the beliefs of policymakers, and when do hidden biases of beliefs lead to bad policy decisions? There is more rigorous empirical evidence on which interventions work than ever. But that doesn’t translate into better policy unless a policymaker acts on it. In this episode of VoxDevTalks, Eva Vivalt and Tim Phillips offer advice to researchers on how to present their insights.

You can find the research discussed in this episode on Eva Vivalt's website, which has a section linking to four papers on the evidence-to-policy pipeline.