In many ways, ‘evidence-based policymaking’ is the bureaucrat’s new black. But what, really, does it mean? Where does it fit in the broader policymaking process? And how ‘realistic’ do we need to be to use it in practice? These questions are explored by Paul Cairney - Professor of Politics and Public Policy at the University of Stirling. This post originally appeared on his personal blog and is accompanied by a longer lecture on the subject (listen) Paul is a Professor of Politics and Public Policy at the University of Stirling, you can follow him on twitter at @Cairneypaul.