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How to build models for government: criteria driving model acceptance in policymaking

Kolkman, DA, Campo, P, Balke-Visser, T and Gilbert, Geoffrey (2016) How to build models for government: criteria driving model acceptance in policymaking Policy Sciences, 49 (4). pp. 489-504.

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Models are used to inform policymaking and underpin large amounts of government expenditure. Several authors have observed a discrepancy between the actual and potential use of models in government. While there have been several studies investigating model acceptance in government, it remains unclear under what conditions models are accepted. In this paper, we address the question ‘‘What criteria affect model acceptance in policymaking?’’, the answer to which will contribute to the wider understanding of model use in government. We employ a thematic coding approach to identify the acceptance criteria for the eight models in our sample. Subsequently, we compare our findings with existing literature and use qualitative comparative analysis to explore what configurations of the criteria are observed in instances of model acceptance. We conclude that model acceptance is affected by a combination of the model’s characteristics, the supporting infrastructure and organizational factors.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Sociology
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
Kolkman, DA
Campo, P
Balke-Visser, T
Date : 3 May 2016
DOI : 10.1007/s11077-016-9250-4
Copyright Disclaimer : The Author(s) 2016. This article is published with open access at
Uncontrolled Keywords : Decision support systems Model acceptance Evidence-based policy Model development I
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 20 May 2016 14:54
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 17:04

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