In the 21st century, evidence-based policy has garnered significant attention in both theory and practice. Scholars have levied various criticisms of evidence-based policy making, suggesting the need for a new analytical framework. I argue that evidence-based policy can be understood as public entrepreneurship: a systemic process in which actors exercise judgment and collaborate regarding policy change. Experts, policy entrepreneurs, and policymakers have functions in this process. Evidence is viewed as a resource that may or may not further entrepreneurial plans, and the institutional environment shapes plan revision. To illustrate, I analyse ‘Housing First’ homelessness policy in the United States.
- evidence-based policy
- housing first
- public entrepreneurship
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Management Information Systems
- Management of Technology and Innovation