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Former Children’s Commissioner, Robin Sullivan, on the value of evidence-based policymaking

In an article in the Queensland Journal of Educational Research, in 2000, Dr Robin Sullivan, then Commission for Children and Young People, described the benefits of evidence-based policymaking to the Commission, which had a strong commitment to ensuring that the agency’s advocacy and monitoring roles are grounded in relevant quality research findings.  National and international issues and trends were important, but so too were State and local issues.  ‘It is critical that policies and practices with children and young people are not based on myths or outdated understandings, but are firmly founded on the latest rigorous research findings.’

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