What counts is what works - but how can we actually tell what works? And what can we do with such knowledge to influence policy and practice? As all parts of the public sector embrace 'evidence' as a means of providing more effective and efficient public services, this book provides a timely and novel contribution to such debates. The authors consider the role of evidence in specific public policy areas (healthcare, education, criminal justice, social care, welfare, housing, transport and urban renewal), using experts in each field to explore the creation, dissemination and use of evidence within each. They consider in particular: How is research evidence of service effectiveness created?; How does such evidence shape policy and influence service delivery?; What efforts are being made to encourage greater utilisation of evidence in policy and practice? The rich cross-sectoral accounts of the many and diverse activities in each sector provide an insight into the ebb and flow of evidence as guidance to policy and practice. What works? develops perceptive analyses of outstanding problems, and raises challenging agendas for service development and future research. The authors conclude with the all-important question of the implementation of evidence-based practice and lead the way to the reinvigoration of innovative thinking. With its relevance to both cutting-edge practice and research, this book is important reading for a wide range of managers and professionals in the different sectors, as well as students and academics studying public policy, public administration, and social policy and management.
".. Extremely valuable..It serves as useful material for teachers ofevaluation or policy analysis, and for those educating future evidence-based practitioners. Managers within statutory and non-statutory agencies will also find much of value." New Zealand Journal of Social Policy. "This bookprovides a significant contribution to the debate over how evidence can help provide more effective and efficient public services" Social Policy Focus Jan 01.
Foreword Ron Amann; Introduction: introducing evidence-based policy and practice in public services Huw Davies, Sandra Nutley and Peter Smith; Evidence and the policy process Sandra Nutley and Jeff Webb; Part One: Analysis by service area: Health care: evidence to the fore Huw Davies and Sandra Nutley; Education: realising the potential Carol Fitz-Gibbon; Criminal justice: using evidence to reduce crime Sandra Nutley and Huw Davies; Social care: rhetoric and reality Geraldine Macdonald; Welfare policy: tendering for evidence Robert Walker; Housing: linking theory and practice Joe Doherty; Transport: beyond predict and provide Francis Terry; Urban policy: addressing wicked problems Tony Harrison; Part Two: Thematic analysis: A strategic approach to research and development Huw Davies, Gloria Laycock, Sandra Nutley, Judy Sebba and Trevor Sheldon; Debates on the role of experimentation Huw Davies, Sandra Nutley and Nick Tilley; Non-experimental quantitative methods John Hutton and Peter Smith; Contributions from qualitative research Philip Davies; Making a reality of evidence-based practice Sandra Nutley and Huw Davies; Concluding remarks: learning from the past, prospects for the future Huw Davies, Sandra Nutley and Peter Smith.
Number Of Pages: 396
Publisher: Policy Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.8
Weight (kg): 0.66