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[This chapter introduces the idea of pursuing wellbeing government through government policy and identifies the three main aims of the book, which are: To understand the role of evidence in shaping the prospects for wellbeing in UK public policy.To inform the barriers literature on the use of...
[This chapter considers the use of scientific evidence in policy. In doing so, it distinguishes between scientific evidence and other forms of knowledge—professional, political and experiential. It also unpacks the notion of policy, suggesting that the role of evidence can vary across different...
[This chapter looks at the idea of wellbeing. It outlines some long-standing philosophical debates that inform contemporary developments. The chapter discusses the controversial notion of subjective wellbeing (SWB), which is seen to have a prominent place in UK policy thinking on wellbeing. It...
[This chapter focuses on ‘what works’ for wellbeing, presenting the findings of original research on the use of scientific evidence on wellbeing in policy. It considers the importance of evidence relative to other forms of knowledge—political, professional and experiential. It identifies the...
[This chapter analyses the role of evidence in the policy stream as described in the multiple streams approach (MSA). It outlines the main features of the MSA before considering the role of scientific evidence in the problem stream. It then discusses in more detail the role of evidence in the...
[This chapter draws the book to its conclusion. It recaps the main findings and reflects on each of the three main aims of the book. In doing so, it considers the political appeal of wellbeing, the importance of how evidence is communicated and the ongoing challenges brought by the complex and...
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