This book is a total waste of money - it bascially says that randomised trials done somewhere else cannot be apply to another location, but manages to make this point using 9 tenths of the book. We all know that RCTs may not generalise in all cases and for policy trials the sensible response is to replicate them in the context where the evidence is required. But instead the authors don't really say what should be done.
Reviewed for the SRA by David Brown, Research Officer, College of Policing, October 2013. "This is my personal view and as such does not represent that of my organisation"
This book is intensely practical and clearly but densely written. It is certainly not an introduction to the topic of evidence-based policy, and assumes a certain professional closeness to policy-making or research for policy on the part of the reader. It asks many salient questions about the assumptions made between researching evidence and implementing policy, and provides many practical and simple tools for helping policy-makers to address these.
An excellent book which takes on the current way of "doing" Evidence Based Policy, shows its limitations and makes suggestions for how to "do" it better. It is beautifully written-the ideas within are complex but the book is easy to understand-like having a conversation with a really good teacher.