Our Book of the Month Choice for October

The SSL ‘Book of the Month’ feature highlights a book in our collection that has been chosen by one of our Subject Consultants. This may be a recent addition to our stock or an existing item that we would like to share with you.


What works now? Evidence-informed policy and practice

Edited by Annette Boaz et al.

Policy Press, 2019

Shelfmark: JN238.WHA 2019




Our Book of the Month choice for September was selected by Jo Gardner, Subject Consultant for and Subject Consultant for Politics and International Relations

Why was it chosen?

It was chosen because because it provides an up-to-date critique of this rapidly evolving field.

Book Overview

What Works Now? draws on the work of scholars and practitioners and speaks to both. The text is clearly structured and the editors provide sector-by-sector analysis of evidence use in policy-making and service delivery. The editors recognise a wide range of policy and practice settings, and acknowledge the usefulness of evidence that is not entirely research-based


“An important and authoritative analysis of the state of evidence-informed policy and practice, across key domains and countries, by an impressive line-up of leading scholars in the field”
Steve Martin, Cardiff University

“This is a fascinating and novel set of scholarly and practical reflections on infrastructure, debates and solutions”
Kathryn Oliver, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

“The authors rightly reaffirm the importance of evidence but don’t shy away from the practical difficulties in the way of using it. An indispensable resource.”
Geoff Mulgan, CEO, Nesta

Where can I find it?

We have two copies of the book. One is for library use only and is currently on top of our New Books Display Area (located around the corner from our Library Issue Desk). The second copy is a normal loan copy and can be borrowed. The shelfmark for the title is JN238.WHA 2019.

In addition, we have an electronic legal deposit copy of the title. Online access for this material is restricted to library computers in any of the Bodleian Libraries. A link to it can be found on SOLO.

What would your SSL Book of the Month be? Do you have a favourite book in our collection? If so, we would love to know what it is. Add a comment below or email us.

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