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The Cashless Debit Card evaluation: does it really prove success?

This Topical Issues paper asks whether the the Cashless Debit Card trial is achieving its stated objectives.

Social policy analyst Eva Cox has highlighted many of the problems with the survey design, the way interviews were conducted and the ethics of the process (Cox 2017), all of which suggest that the results presented should be treated with great scepticism. Her criticisms of the evaluation process are valid, but what, if anything, can be drawn from the data that are presented, flawed as they are? And what about what isn’t presented? Is there any evidence that this trial is achieving its stated objectives?