Annals of Operations Research

, Volume 236, Issue 1, pp 15–38 | Cite as

From evidence-based policy making to policy analytics

  • Giada De Marchi
  • Giulia Lucertini
  • Alexis Tsoukiàs
Article

Abstract

This paper aims at addressing the problem of what characterises decision-aiding for public policy making problem situations. Under such a perspective it analyses concepts like “public policy”, “deliberation”, “legitimation”, “accountability” and shows the need to expand the concept of rationality which is expected to support the acceptability of a public policy. We then analyse the more recent attempt to construct a rational support for policy making, the “evidence-based policy making” approach. Despite the innovation introduced with this approach, we show that it basically fails to address the deep reasons why supporting the design, implementation and assessment of public policies is such a hard problem. We finally show that we need to move one step ahead, specialising decision-aiding to meet the policy cycle requirements: a need for policy analytics.

Keywords

Public policy Policy cycle Evidence-based Decision aiding  Policy analytics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giada De Marchi
    • 1
  • Giulia Lucertini
    • 1
  • Alexis Tsoukiàs
    • 1
  1. 1.LAMSADE-CNRS, Universit Paris DauphineParis Cedex 16France

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