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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Policy Press (14 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861346646
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861346643
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 479,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Anyone who has ever written or uttered the words 'evidence-based policy' should read this outstanding book. So should anyone else who has hopes for increasing the rationality of policy or practice through reference to systematic inquiry. The volume unpacks the meanings and assumptions embedded in 'evidence-based policy', illustrates its successes and shortfalls, looks at alternative perspectives on the junction of research and practice, and suggests documented ways to improve the engagement of research with policy and practice. This sophisticated book will challenge some current beliefs and offer better grounded and more realistic aspirations." --Carol H. Weiss, Beatrice B. Whiting Professor Emerita, Harvard Graduate School of Education, US

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There is widespread commitment across public service agencies in
the UK and elsewhere to ensuring that the best available evidence is used
to improve public services. The challenge is not only making research
evidence accessible and available but also getting it used.

This book provides a timely and novel contribution to understanding and
enhancing evidence use. It builds on and complements the popular and
best-selling What Works?: Evidence-based policy and practice in public
services (Davies, Nutley and Smith, Policy Press, 2000), by drawing
together current knowledge about how research gets used and how this can be
encouraged and improved. In particular, the authors:

· explore multidisciplinary frameworks for understanding the research
use agenda;
· consider how research use and the impact of research can be
· summarise the empirical evidence from the education, health care,
social care and criminal justice fields about how research is used and how
this can be improved;
· draw out practical issues that need to be addressed if research is to
have greater impact on public services.

Using evidence is important reading for university and government
researchers, research funding bodies, public service managers and
professionals, and students of public policy and management. It will also
prove an invaluable guide for anyone involved in the implementation of
evidence-based policy and practice. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is as good as it gets. Not an easy topic, translation and exchange between public policy and social science research. Policy makers across the globe are forever trying to understand why the positive effects of new interventions found by researchers don't translate into the real world (read: they more or less disappear). This book summarizes the research in the area, thinks about the quality of this research, and summarizes what is known. A good place to start, if you would like your effectiveness to look more like your efficacy - or in other words - if you would like to tackle the scaling-up challenge in a more qualified way.
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Awesome booooook. I love it
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