The emerging field of evidence-based public management

Terry F. Buss, Annette Shillabeer

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What Is Evidence-Based Management or Public Management?

It is a simple question to ask, but a complicated one to answer. Let us start with the
purpose of evidence-based approaches: to improve public management and policy
making by grounding decision making in evidence. This in turn leads to three
contentious questions: What is evidence; how is evidence used in practice, policy,
programs, and management; and what is new (or “emerging”) about the field?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvidence-based public management
Subtitle of host publicationPractices, issues and prospects
EditorsAnna Shillabeer, Terry F. Buss, Denise M. Rousseau
PublisherM.E. Sharpe, Inc.
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781315704456
ISBN (Print)9780765624208, 9780765624222
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

First published 2011 by M.E. Sharpe
Published 2015 by Routledge
Copyright © 2011 Taylor & Francis. All rights reserved.


  • Knowledge management (KM)
  • Evidence
  • Evidence-based management (EBMgt)
  • systematic assessment of EBMgt
  • public management
  • local government management


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