Tagged: evidence based policy

Picking zones and picking winners - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Feb 22, 2017

The push for more localist approaches to policy problems in New Zealand continues to gather steam. Earlier this month, the McGuinness Institute argued for what they’re calling Demarcation Zones for policy trials. Their formulation differs a bit from what we at the Initiative proposed in 2015, but the core idea is similar: let local communities take on additional … Read More

Book review: I think you’ll find it’s a bit more complicated than that - Scibooks

Sarah-Jane O'Connor May 28, 2016

Dr Ben Goldacre’s collection of columns and essays, I think you’ll find it’s a bit more complicated than that, is a snackable read for anyone interested in science and how it’s used and misused in media, policy, and everyday life. I must first admit to being a bit sucked in on this book. I picked it up in a bookstore thinking … Read More

Oh Canada! The muzzle is coming off scientists - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Oct 22, 2015

Canadian scientists and journalists will be breathing a sigh of relief this week with the change of government in Canada. Justin Trudeau The Harper Government’s protocols governing scientists’ interaction with the media were widely criticised. I remember attending the World Conference of Science Journalists in Qatar a few years back where a session featured a panel of Canadians venting … Read More

A letter for all District Health Board Candidates - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Sep 30, 2013

Dear District Health Board Candidates Soon I and thousands like me will cast our votes to choose our District Health Boards.  Given the huge budgets of DHBs and the huge potential to influence health outcomes I want more information from you than a couple of paragraphs I received with the voting packs.  Below are two … Continue reading → … Read More

Inequality, mental models, and counterfactuals - The Dismal Science

Bill Kaye-Blake Sep 09, 2013

In the recent book Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis, Jonathan Boston has a really useful chapter. It probably should have started the book as a way of laying some intellectual groundwork, instead of being Chapter 5. It raises the same point as Matt Nolan does at TVHE, quoting Amartya Sen, but with more detail. Here’s Boston: […] … Read More