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Can experience be evidence?: craft knowledge and evidence-based policing

Can experience be evidence?: craft knowledge and evidence-based policing
Can experience be evidence?: craft knowledge and evidence-based policing
This article explores the use of evidence and other varieties of knowledge in police decision-making. It surveys official government policy, demonstrating that evidence-based policy-making is the dominant policy-making paradigm in the United Kingdom. It discusses the limits to social science knowledge in policy-making. The article explores four ideas associated with the notion of ‘experience’: occupational culture; institutional memory; local knowledge, and craft, drawing on data from four UK police forces. We discuss the limits to experiential knowledge and conclude that experience is crucial to evidence-based policing and decision-making because it is the key to weaving the varieties of knowledge together.
Evidence-based policy, evidence-based policing, craft, political knowledge, ‘experience’, and ‘focus groups’
0305-5736
Rhodes, R. A. W.
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Fleming, Jenny
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Rhodes, R. A. W.
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Fleming, Jenny
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Rhodes, R. A. W. and Fleming, Jenny (2018) Can experience be evidence?: craft knowledge and evidence-based policing Policy & Politics

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Abstract

This article explores the use of evidence and other varieties of knowledge in police decision-making. It surveys official government policy, demonstrating that evidence-based policy-making is the dominant policy-making paradigm in the United Kingdom. It discusses the limits to social science knowledge in policy-making. The article explores four ideas associated with the notion of ‘experience’: occupational culture; institutional memory; local knowledge, and craft, drawing on data from four UK police forces. We discuss the limits to experiential knowledge and conclude that experience is crucial to evidence-based policing and decision-making because it is the key to weaving the varieties of knowledge together.

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Accepted/In Press date: 25 April 2017
Published date: 2018
Keywords: Evidence-based policy, evidence-based policing, craft, political knowledge, ‘experience’, and ‘focus groups’
Organisations: Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology, Politics & International Relations

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Local EPrints ID: 410675
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/410675
ISSN: 0305-5736
PURE UUID: f8047bf0-7203-4d5c-978f-c9b609c009f3
ORCID for R. A. W. Rhodes: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1886-2392
ORCID for Jenny Fleming: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7913-3345

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Date deposited: 09 Jun 2017 09:20
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 13:44

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