Re-generating learning in the public realm: evidence-based policy making and business improvement districts in the UK

Deborah Peel, Greg Lloyd

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    Abstract

    An integral part of the modernization ethos of contemporary governmental priorities in the UK is the interest provoked by the evidence-based policy movement. This is primarily influenced by concerns with establishing and sharing 'what works'. It also resonates with a parallel development in public sector policy and practice which explicitly incorporates theories of learning as part of the zeitgeist of the 'Learning Age'. This article considers the rhetoric and practice around the generation of policy learning and research-practice evidence with respect to the experiences of Business Improvement Districts in the UK by contrasting two modes of empirical research based on observation and experiential learning. It contrasts the dissemination practices with respect to the generation of evidence and what this means for the development of urban policy practices.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)189-205
    Number of pages17
    JournalPublic Policy and Administration
    Volume23
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2008

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