Putting evidence into practice

Event Name Putting evidence into practice
Start Date 20 May 2019 2:30 pm
End Date 20 May 2019 3:30 pm
Duration 1 hour
Description

Jeremy L. Hall, from the University of Central Florida.

Jeremy L. Hall is a Professor of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida. His research focuses on the nexus of public sector performance, public policy processes, and intergovernmental relations, often addressing questions of performance management and evidence-based practice. Jeremy's presentation will provide MSDI with insights on the role of evidence in public policies and organizational strategies (that is a crucial element for the successful transformation of public and private systems for realising the SDGs and is a key focus of several MSDI activities).

More about Jeremy's presentation

In light of considerable integration of evidence into the policy and management lexicon, first symbolically and later more substantively, research has shown variation in the use of evidence across geographies and agency types. Given the plethora of research on the role of organizational culture on various organizational activities, such as the use of performance measurement, there is a need to better understand how culture and individual attributes interact with respect to the use of evidence in policy, management, and practice. NERD (Norms of Evidence and Research in Decision making) offers the first scale available to investigate underlying organizational norms and employee attributes that may influence the extent to which evidence is drilled into daily organizational processes. In short, NERD presents a scale that can be used to evaluate an organization’s predisposition to utilize evidence. Some organizations will demonstrate a culture steeped in evidence, biasing decisions and practices in favor of science, possibly at the expense of values such as equity or fairness, while others will reveal cultures biased against evidence in favor of political and social norms and values. This session will introduce the NERD scale and preliminary research that has been performed to test and validate it. The potential for future research examining person-organization fit, satisfaction, and performance is discussed.

More about Jeremy

In 2018, Jeremy was appointed Co-Editor-In-Chief of Public Administration Review, and serves (or has served) on the editorial boards of The Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review and Public Performance & Management Review.

In 2014, he was a co-author of the revised edition of the seminal text on performance management: Managing and Measuring Performance in Public and Nonprofit Organizations: An Integrated Approach. His 2010 book - Grant Management: Funding for Public and Nonprofit Programs - was the first to examine grant writing and grant management from a Public Administration perspective.

More recently, he developed NERD (Norms of Evidence and Research in Decision making), which offers the first scale to investigate underlying organizational norms and employee attributes that may influence the extent to which evidence is drilled into daily organizational processes.