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Exploring evidence-based policing
Exploring evidence-based policing

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5 The challenge and limits of an evidence-based approach

While it might be tempting to conclude that an evidence-based approach is just common sense, this is far from being the case. Human decision making is complex and is shaped by a range of social and psychological phenomena. Key factors impacting on the success of an evidence-based approach include:

  • Misconceptions about the idea of evidence-based practice
  • Sources of bias
  • Professional fads and fashions
  • Power, politics and careers.