Anuario de Estudios Centroamericanos ISSN Impreso: 0377-7316 ISSN electrónico: 2215-4175

Whose Evidence Counts? Exploring evidence pathways during the Covid-19 crisis in Panama’s Housing Ministry

Palabras clave

evidence-based policy
housing policy
social class
política basada en la evidencia
política de vivienda
clase social

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García de Paredes, P. . (2022). Whose Evidence Counts? Exploring evidence pathways during the Covid-19 crisis in Panama’s Housing Ministry. Anuario De Estudios Centroamericanos, 48, 1–29.


This paper explores how is evidence gathered, transformed, and selected during the current COVID-19 crisis, employing Panama’s housing ministry as a case study. We wish to better understand evidence pathways and provide strategies increasing scientific evidence uptake. Our research strategy was organized into a three-step sequential model: 1. The evidence gathering phase: we studied Covid-19’s effects on households deploying 135 surveys (n=135). 2. The evidence transformation phase: studying housing sector evidence assembled by different ministry divisions via 12 surveys and interviews with ministry personnel (n=12), and 3. The evidence selection phase: studying evidence employed by decision-makers, through a semi-structured interview with the housing minister (n=1). Results show that evidence pathways depend on social phenomena, including internal and external political power negotiations, social class identities, and representations of the role of government.


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