We hear fine words about “evidence based decision-making”, but not ever about the need to keep up with research, academic reports and journal articles. We are not compelled to keep abreast of the research. Our performance is not rated on our ability to make decisions on evidence. And in fact, the primary source of our influence is not our ability to interrogate the evidence and analyse and present options, but instead, the ability to resolve conflicts between different actors concerning values and interests.