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Evidence-Based Policy
By Ray Pawson

Evidence-Based Policy

A Realist Perspective

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Evidence-Based Policy by Ray Pawson

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In this important new book, Ray Pawson examines the recent spread of evidence-based policy making across the Western world. Few major public initiatives are mounted these days in the absence of a sustained attempt to evaluate them. Programmes are tried, tried and tried again and researched, researched and researched again. And yet it is often difficult to know which interventions, and which inquiries, will withstand the test of time. The evident solution, going by the name of evidence-based policy, is to take the longer view. Rather than relying on one-off studies, it is wiser to look to the 'weight of evidence'. Accordingly, it is now widely agreed the most useful data to support policy decisions will be culled from systematic reviews of all the existing research in particular policy domains. This is the consensual starting point for Ray Pawson's latest foray into the world of evaluative research. But this is social science after all and harmony prevails only in the first chapter. Thereafter, Pawson presents a devastating critique of the dominant approach to systematic review - namely the 'meta-analytic' approach as sponsored by the Cochrane and Campbell collaborations. In its place is commended an approach that he terms 'realist synthesis'. On this vision, the real purpose of systematic review is better to understand programme theory, so that policies can be properly targeted and developed to counter an ever-changing landscape of social problems. The book will be essential reading for all those who loved (or loathed) the arguments developed in Realistic Evaluation (Sage, 1997). It offers a complete blueprint for research synthesis, supported by detailed illustrations and worked examples from across the policy waterfront. It will be of especial interest to policy-makers, practitioners, researchers and students working in health, education, employment, social care, criminal justice, regeneration and welfare.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781412910606
ISBN-10: 1412910609
Format: Paperback
(242mm x 170mm x 12mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publish Date: 7-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author Ray Pawson

Science of Evaluation by Ray Pawson Science of Evaluation, Paperback (February 2013)

Always engaging and relentlessly pushing the boundaries, this is a must-read from a pioneer in realist research.

Realistic Evaluation by Ray Pawson Realistic Evaluation, Paperback (April 1997)

Realistic Evaluation shows how programme evaluation needs to be, and can be, bettered. It presents a profound yet highly readable critique of current evaluation practice, and introduces a 'manifesto' and 'handbook' for a fresh approach.

Measure for Measure: Manifesto by Ray Pawson Measure for Measure: Manifesto, Paperback (June 1989)

This book should be of interest to students of social theory, applied soci ology, sociology of knowledge.

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Author Biography - Ray Pawson

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.

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