Is that a Kindle?
No. It’s a Sony ereader.
Oh does it glow so you can read in the dark?
So it doesn’t glow but it still cost over a hundred quid?
Did you not do your research?
Well yes, but I am not sure what informed my decision. I am not rational.
Gosh. And what are you reading on it?
Oh this – I am reading a great piece of research by Dr Jo Maybin from the University of Edinburgh called
“Knowledge and Knowing in Policy Work: A case study of civil servants in England’s Department of Health”.
What are your thoughts so far?
I am up to page 70. And so far I can say it offers a rare insight into how civil servants acquire knowledge in order to inform decision making.
Is it not all about evidence based policy?
From what I have read so far, no. we need to move beyond such simplistic notions. Civil servants use evidence in funny ways – or as Maybin puts it more eloquently than me:
Where can I get a copy?