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What evidence should social policymakers use ? /

By: Leigh, Andrew
Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Australia. The Treasury 2008Description: PDFSubject(s): Social Policy | Social Policy Cross-cultural Studies | Social Policy Evaluation | Australia. The TreasuryDDC classification: INTERNET
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"Policymakers seeking empirical evidence on social policy interventions often find themselves confronted with a mountain of academic studies that are potentially relevant to the question. Without some systematic way to sort through the evidence, there is a risk that analysts will become mired in the research, or simply cherry-pick those studies that support their prior beliefs. An alternative approach is to test each study against a hierarchy of research methods. This article discusses two hierarchies one used by US medical researchers, and another used by UK social policymakers and suggests one possible hierarchy for Australia. Naturally, such a hierarchy should not be the only tool used to assess research, and should be used in conjunction with other factors, such as the ranking of the journal in which a study is published. But used carefully, a hierarchy can help policymakers sort through a daunting body of research, and may also inform governments decisions on how to evaluate social policy interventions." -- Author.

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