Using Evidence: How Research Can Inform Public Services

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Policy Press, Mar 14, 2007 - Political Science - 363 pages
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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 various multidiscipliary frameworks for understanding the research use agenda; consider how research use and the impact of research can be assessed; 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 and 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.
 

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Contents

two What does it mean to use research evidence?
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three What shapes the use of research?
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four Descriptive models of the research impact process
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whats been tried
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six What can we learn from the literature on learning
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seven Improving research use in practice contexts
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eight Improving research use in policy contexts
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nine How can we assess research use and wider
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ten Drawing some conclusions on Using evidence
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References
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Sandra M. Nutley, Professor of Public Management, University of Edinburgh, Isabel Walter, ESRC Research Unit for Research Utilisation, University of St Andrews and Huw T.O. Davies, Department of Management, University of St Andrews

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