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Evidence-based policy in Ethiopia– a diagnosis for failure.

Mitchell, J and Font, X (2017) Evidence-based policy in Ethiopia– a diagnosis for failure. Development Southern Africa, 34 (1). pp. 121-136.

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The need for sound, progressive policy is important but the robust evidence upon which to base realistic policy, and the institutional capacity and political appetite to deliver it, are often lacking. The paper reviews the link between evidence and policy and highlights recent methodological advances in value chain analysis which allow researchers to efficiently collect relatively robust policy-relevant evidence in data-poor contexts. It summarises the evidence generated from a World Bank study of tourism in Ethiopia that questioned important tenets of tourism policy and strategy, to assess the extent to which this evidence has been taken up into policy and to account for the apparent failure of evidence up-take. We conclude that the failure of evidence-based policy may have had as much to do with weaknesses in the research process as with the indigenous policy-making process.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Hospitality & Tourism
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Authors :
Mitchell, J
Date : 3 January 2017
Identification Number : 10.1080/0376835X.2016.1231056
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Development Southern Africa on 3 January 2017, available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords : tourism, policy, data, evidence, Ethiopia, decision-making
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 Mar 2017 16:43
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 19:12

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