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Author Information: Justin Parkhurst, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine,

Parkhurst, Justin. “Posing Questions, Eschewing Hierarchies: A Response to Katikireddi.” [1]. Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 4, no. 12 (2015): 62-67.

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Vittal Katikireddi (2015) raises a number of points in response to our original article (Parkhurst and Abeysinghe 2014) to which I respond here. In one respect, there is general agreement with many of Katikireddi’s points. What may differ is the perspective we take in terms of the phenomenon we are observing—not that there has not been advancements in thinking on the use of evidence in the policy sciences community—which there no doubt has been—but that these insights often sit unrecognised in popular discourses within social policy and public policy circles who continue to look to use evidence in functional ways to improve effectiveness or efficiency of decisions.  Continue Reading…