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Giving urban policy its 'medical': assessing the place of health in area-based regeneration


Atkinson, R and Thomson, H and Kearns, A and Petticrew, M, Giving urban policy its 'medical': assessing the place of health in area-based regeneration, Policy & Politics, 34, (1) pp. 5-26. ISSN 0305-5736 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1332/030557306775212179


How does regeneration affect health and how have successive urban policy evaluations sought to measure such impacts? This article draws on a systematic review of national-level evaluation documentation relating to government-funded, area-based regeneration initiatives in the UK since 1980. The review examined whether health impacts had been intended and, if so, how they had been measured. The process and difficulties of conducting the review raise significant questions about policy formulation and evaluation. Is evidence-based policy possible where evaluations are not stored centrally? In short, a model policy development as 'enlightened' or incremental is hard to sustain where a lack of systematic storage of data means that researchers, policy makers and practitioners may struggle to produce clear answers to important policy questions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Public policy
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Atkinson, R (Associate Professor Rowland Atkinson)
ID Code:39189
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2012-09-24

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