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Publication - Professor Richard Harris

    British educational trajectories from school to university

    evaluating quantitative evidence in policy formulation and justification

    Citation

    Manley, DJ, Johnston, R, Jones, K, Hoare, T & Harris, RJ, 2017, ‘British educational trajectories from school to university: evaluating quantitative evidence in policy formulation and justification’. Policy and Politics, vol 45., pp. 137-155

    Abstract

    The increasing volume of available ‘big data’ contains great potential for public policy to be evidence-based – as long as they are properly analysed and fully appreciated. This paper examines a case where that did not happen, and as a consequence an ideological-driven policy change was supported by a poor analysis of the available data. Using the same data, analyses employing a novel procedure falsify the government’s arguments: many well-qualified students for courses in
    the country’s leading universities may not be offered places there in the absence of data on their academic progress during their two years of post-secondary education.

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