Evidence-Based Policy: Randomised Controlled Trials’ Knowledge Claims to AIDS Policy
This chapter considers the way in which the Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) as a policy-relevant knowledge production practice has influenced Global AIDS policy thinking. It unpacks the issue by looking both at the logic of RCT design and challenges to implementing RCT-based polices outside of the trial context. It is argued that RCT method has been strongly endorsed by the Global AIDS system because of its close links to a biomedical perspective. What remains to be answered, however, is why RCTs have been so extensively used to ground Global AIDS policy decisions given widespread critical analysis of RCT method and its limits to generalisability.
KeywordsKnowledge Claim Policy Advice Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Trial Context Routine Laboratory Monitoring
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