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Carol Weiss Prize

To mark the tenth anniversary of Evidence & Policy, the journal launched a prize which recognises outstanding early career contributors to the journal. The prize was created in memory of Professor Carol Weiss, the first North American Editor of Evidence & Policy and a pioneer in the field, and it will be awarded every two years.

We are delighted to announce that the winners of the 2021 Carol Weiss Prize are Sarah Chew et al and Justyna Bandola-Gill. To celebrate their achievment their prize winning papers have been made free to access until 1 March 2022. 

You can lean more about this prize winning research by reading the authors' posts the Evidence & Policy blog

Stateless nomads, with little to trade (or how knowledge brokers are set up to fail and how to avoid this)
Graham Martin, Sarah Chew and Natalie Armstrong

Walking the tightrope: expert legitimacy as a navigation between technocracy and politics
Justyna Bandola-Gill

Why did the panel choose these articles?
Over the past two years, Evidence & Policy has received more submissions for consideration for the Carol Weiss Prize than ever before. Reflecting the number of submissions, their consistently high quality and the diversity of topics covered, the panel chose to make a joint award this year, selecting one paper focusing on knowledge brokerage and another focusing on the legitimacy of experts in policy. The two winning papers were both commended by the panel for the skilful way in which they apply social theory to high quality empirical data to provide conceptually-rich insights about the interplay between evidence and policy.

A prize of £100-worth of Policy Press books will be awarded to the winner.  The paper will be made freely available for a period of three months and promoted widely.

The competition is open to early career contributors to Evidence & Policy.  Applicants must be the first author of a paper published or accepted for publication since between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2021 and must be able to demonstrate that they are at an early stage in their career, e.g. have completed a PhD no more than four years ago. Short-listed candidates will be contacted over Summer, with a request for a short supporting statement briefly justifying their status as an Early Career Researcher and outlining why the contributor should be awarded the 2021 Carol Weiss Prize.

Assessment Criteria 
A panel involving Editorial Board members will judge the applications on the written material provided; applicants will not be required to attend an interview.  The assessment criteria are:

  • Original and promising contribution to the journal
  • Early career researcher (this is broadly defined but must be justified by applicants)
  • Research papers only
  • Demonstrates rigorous social science methods and theory
  • Novel contribution to evidence and policy studies
  • Accepted or published between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2021

The winner
There will be one winner every two years who will be asked to participate in some promotional activities for the publisher, Policy Press, relating to the article and the prize. 


  • Deadline for accepted articles – 30 June 2021
  • Shortlisting panel meeting – July 2021
  • Awards announcement – September 2021

Previous winners of the Carol Weiss prize

2019: Kristen J Mills, Jennifer A Lawlor, Jennifer Watling Neal, Zachary P Neal, and Kathryn McAlindon, ‘What is research? Educators’ conceptions and alignment with United States federal policies

2017: Iris Stucki, ‘The use of evidence in public debates in the media: the case of Swiss direct-democratic campaigns in the health policy sector

2016: William Allen, 'Factors that impact how civil society intermediaries perceive evidence'

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