Published On: Tue, Jun 22nd, 2021
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Californians Should Demand Evidence-Based Practice in Policymaking

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Californians, isn’t it about time that we started requiring evidence-based practice from our elected leaders before we dole out more money for programs that have not been effective? In reality, to require evidence-based practice is common sense, as only a fool shells out money without knowing what he or she is getting in return. Evidence-based practice is the objective, balanced, and responsible use of current research and the best available data to guide policy and practice decisions, such that outcomes for consumers are improved. The growing frustration that residents, citizens, and voters of all stripes feel with the political process is based largely upon the fact that they no longer trust the judgment or competence of those whom we have elected to office. Decisions are being made in the public arena that the average layperson would not make, because there is a lack of evidence to help in determining a …

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