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Submitted by Philipp on

Great post, and I fully endorse the sentiment. Governments that do think about evidence systematically often go for exactly the kinds of important questions the Chief Minister was asking, not the narrow and very precise ones that budget officials really don't care that much about. In fact, I very recently did a blog post on that very topic, arguing that RCTs are interesting, but quite marginal for real-life governments:

http://www.beyondbudgets.org/blog/2014/3/24/randomized-control-trials-rcts-interesting-but-a-marginal-to.html