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The ANNALS: Our Bimonthly Journal of Research

Evidence-Based Social Policy: The Promise and Challenges of a Movement

Special Editor: Ron Haskins

Vol. 678, July 2018

The July volume of The ANNALS, edited by Brookings Institution’s Ron Haskins, provides a survey of the field of evidence-based practices and policymaking through papers written by some of its most notable practitioners, including two U.S. senators and one of the original developers and implementers of the Pay for Success program model. The articles in the volume provide a unique overview of the field of evidence-based policy and demonstrate the benefits of this approach to policy-makers and the public alike. While there is still a long way to go before the field proves to be consistent in improving the nation’s policies, the research presented here shows that the field is not to be overlooked, and can have positive implications for the future of policy in our nation.

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