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In Why we accept travesties of 'evidence-based' policymaking, Nicholas Gruen looks at the relationship between evidence-based policy and reality.  “Of course we want government activities to be evidence-based. And yes, there really are lots of ways in which governments could take advantage of “big data”...... Back in the world of actual experience, policy development and even a lot of policy thinking hasn’t got far beyond high-level slogans.”