Dr Jo Ingold wins best paper prize

Jo Ingold

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

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