We are pleased to announce that Dr Jo Ingold and Dr Mark Monaghan have been awarded the 2016 Ken Young Best Paper Prize for their article on ‘Evidence Translation: an exploration of policy makers' use of evidence.’
Policy & Politics commented on the decision: “In this impressive paper, Jo Ingold and Mark Monaghan combine the evidence-based policy making and ‘policy as translation’ literatures to illuminate the process by which evidence from home or overseas contexts is incorporated into policy.
A conceptual model of ‘evidence translation’ is introduced, comprising five key dimensions which influence how evidence is used in policy: the perceived policy problem, agenda-setting, filtration processes, the policy apparatus and the role of translators. The paper highlights the critical role of ‘evidence translators’ throughout the process.
This paper stands out as being a worthy winner of the 2016 Ken Young Best Paper Prize as it draws on a rare ‘insider’ account of how policy makers at the heart of UK government utilise and translate evidence from domestic and international sources.
It makes a unique contribution to the field by bringing together the often overlooked need to combine our understanding of evidence- based policy with the art of translation. While the case study is UK specific, the literature and analysis is positioned within international academic debates on evidence translation.
Policy & Politics seeks to publish work that combines both scientific excellence with the principle of ‘engaged scholarship’. This article is a great example of that. It makes a clear contribution to the academic debate, while also providing insights and lessons of practical value to policy makers and practitioners. “
The paper can be read in full here