Is there a role for evidence-based practice in urban planning and policy?

Kevin Krizek, Ann Forysth, Carissa Schively Slotterback

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Can the craft of planning take advantage of a growing body of planning-relevant research? Evidence-based practice proposes a better connection between research and professional work, but raises several concerns about the character of valid evidence, the strength and clarity of planning research, and inequalities in the available resources for integrating research into planning practice. Much of planning practice is a reflective craft where skills of mediation, negotiation, listening, and framing are prominent. As part of the planner's work employing these skills, however, there is a valuableroleforresearch-generatedevidencetoinformdecisionmaking.Evidence-basedpracticeneeds careful implementation but it can enrich the field of planning by linking research to practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)459-478
Number of pages20
JournalPlanning Theory and Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2009


  • Evidence
  • Health
  • Research


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