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The Myth of Research-Based Policy and Practice
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The Myth of Research-Based Policy and Practice



March 2013 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Martyn Hammersley's provocative new text interrogates the complex relationship between research, policymaking and practice, against the background of the evidence-based practice movement. Addressing a series of probing questions, this book reflects on the challenge posed by the idea that social research can directly serve policymaking and practice.

Key questions explored include:

- Is scientific research evidence-based?

- What counts as evidence for evidence-based practice?

- Is social measurement possible, and is it necessary?

- What are the criteria by which qualitative research should be judged?

The book also discusses the case for action research, the nature of systematic reviews, proposals for interpretive reviews, and the process of qualitative synthesis.

Highly readable and undeniably relevant, this book is a valuable resource for both academics and professionals involved with research.

 
Some Questions about Evidence-Based Practice
 
The Myth of Research-Based Policy-Making and Practice
 
Is Scientific Research Evidence-Based?
 
What Counts as Evidence for Evidence-Based Practice?
 
Is Social Measurement Possible, and Is It Necessary?
 
The Question of Quality in Qualitative Research
 
Action Research: A Contradiction in Terms?
 
On 'Systematic' Reviews of Research Literatures
 
Systematic or Unsystematic, Is That the Question? Some Reflections on the Science, Art and Politics of Reviewing
 
The Interpretive Attack on the Traditional Review
 
What Is Qualitative Synthesis and Why Do It?

'I suspect that this book will appeal to scholars frustrated by growing demands that their work produce particular sorts of outcomes, and those interested in phronetic social science. Chapter 6, The question of quality in qualitative research, might also be of interest to PhD students as they discover their own epistemological and paradigmatic leanings. It is a book worth dipping in and out of (particularly the early chapters), which I suspect may have been its aim all along'

Lauren Leigh Hinthorne
Methodspace

'I found this book immensely interesting and can fully recommend it. Not only did it confirm many of the doubts that I have developed over the years relating to issues surrounding the nature of evidence and its relationship to practice development but it has also caused me to question my own involvement in providing ‘scientific evidence’ to various government consultations which will, in due course, inform policy. Hopefully this book will go some way to informing policy makers that the ‘gold standard’ of RCTs is not so golden after all'

Clive Sims
Methodspace

 

Martyn Hammersley‘s provocative text seeks to interrogate the complex relationship between research, policymaking and practice, against the background of the evidence-based practice movement. Addressing a series of probing questions, this book reflects on the challenge posed by the idea that social research can directly serve policymaking and practice.

Jennifer Miller
Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy

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