Evidence-Based Policy: A Realist Perspective

Evidence-Based Policy: A Realist Perspective

by Ray Pawson


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This book is essential for researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and students working in the fields of health, education, employment, social care, criminal justice, regeneration and welfare. Pawson writes with flair and passion, and anyone interested in what counts as 'evidence-based' research and policy in the 21st century chould buy this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781412910590
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 05/09/2006
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.53(h) x (d)

About the Author

Given my job title, it will come as no surprise that my main interest lies in research methodology. This does not quite bracket me with the technical nerds, however, for I have written widely on the philosophy and practice of research, covering methods qualitative and quantitative, pure and applied, contemporaneous and historical. There is a common 'realist' thread underlying every word, albeit a modest, middle-range, empirically-rich kind of realism.

Table of Contents

Evidence-Based Policy
The Promise of Systematic Review
Realist Methodology
The Building Blocks of Evidence
Systematic Obfuscation
A Critical Analysis of the Meta-Analytic Approach
Realist Synthesis
New Protocols For Systematic Review
Reviewing Implementation Processes
Megan's Law
Reviewing Inner Mechanisms
Youth Mentoring
Reviewing Outer Contexts
Naming and Shaming
Flying 'The Tattered Flag of Enlightenment'

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