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A guide for using statistics for evidence based policy, 2010 /

by Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic.Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) catalogue no. 1500.0 2010Description: PDF.Other title: Australian Bureau of Statistics series ; no. 1500.0.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: ABS Catalogue No. 1500.0 Bibliography : p. 16Summary: There is an increasing emphasis from Australian and international governments on the importance of evidence based decision making in guiding policy process . The use of statistical information is vital for making evidence based decisions that guide the implementation of new policy, monitor existing policy, and evaluate the effectiveness of policy decisions. It is therefore essential that policy makers are equipped with the skills and ability to understand, interpret and draw appropriate conclusions from statistical information. This guide provides an overview of how statistical information can be used to make well informed policy decisions. Throughout the guide references are made to other resources, relevant training courses and associated frameworks that provide more detail.Availability: (1)

Assessing the evidence on Indigenous socioeconomic outcomes : a focus on the 2002 NATSISS. /

by Hunter, B.H. (ed.).

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, Australian National University 2006Description: xxi, 349 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index. Summary: This publication (commended by Jon Altman at a recent seminar at the BSL) presents the refereed and peer-reviewed, edited proceedings of a 2005 conference aimed at presenting the latest evidence on Indigenous economic and social status and family and community life and considering policy implications. Presenters evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of the methodology employed in the 2002 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) and the data collected.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Cash and care : policy challenges in the welfare state. /

by Glendinning, Caroline (ed.) | Kemp, Peter A. (ed.).

Publisher: Bristol, U.K. Policy Press 2006Description: xii, 322 p.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index. Edited collection of papers presented at a conference held at the University of York in April 2005 to commemorate the contribution made to social policy research by Professor Sally Baldwin. Contents: Part One: Introduction. 1. Introduction / Peter A. Kemp and Caroline Glendinning -- Part Two: New theoretical perspectives on care and policy. 2. Care and gender: have the arguments for recognising care work now been won? / Jane Lewis -- 3. Research on care: what impact on policy and planning? Kari Waerness -- 4. 'Pseudo-democracy and spurious precision' : knowledge dilemmas in the new welfare state / Eithne McLaughlin -- Part Three: Traditional forms of disadvantage: new perspectives. 5. The costs of caring for a disabled child / Jan Pahl -- 6. Disability, poverty and living standards: reviewing Australian evidence and policies / Peter Saunders -- 7. Consumers without money: consumption patterns and citizenship among low-income families in Scandinavian welfare societies / Pernille Hohnen -- 8. Affordable credit for low-income households / Sharon Collard -- 9. Carers and employment in a work-focus welfare state / Hilary Arksey and Peter A. Kemp -- Part Four. Families, care work and the state. 10. Paying family caregivers: evaluating different models / Caroline Glendinning -- 11. Developments in Austrian care arrangements: women between free choice and informal care / Margareta Kreimer -- 12. When informal care becomes a paid job: the case of Personal Assistance Budgets in Flanders / Jef Breda, David Schoenmaekers, Caroline Van Landeghem, Dries Claessens and Joanna Geerts -- 13. Better off in work?: work, security and welfare for lone mothers / Jane Millar -- 14. Reciprocity, lone parents and state subsidy for informal childcare / Christine Skinner and Naomi Finch -- 15. Helping out at home: children's contributions to sustaining work and care in lone-mother families / Tess Ridge -- Part Five: From welfare subjects to active citizens. 16. Making connections: supporting new forms of engagement by marginalised groups / Karen Postle and Peter Beresford -- 17. independent living: the role of the disability movement in the development of government policy / Jenny Morris -- 18. Securing the dignity and quality of life of older citizens / Hilary Land -- Part Six. Conclusions. 19. Conclusions / Caroline Glendinning and Peter A. Kemp. Retirement & ageingAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Conjoint behavioral [behavioural] consultation : promoting family-school connections and interventions. /

by Sheridan, Susan M | Kratochwill, Thomas R.

Edition: 2nd ed.Publisher: New York, NY Springer 2007Description: xv, 220 p. + 1 CD-ROM.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Enhancing family therapy's relationships with research. /

by Stratton, Peter.

Publisher: 2007Notes: SCHOOL TO WORKAvailability: No items available

Evidence and experience : report on the Individual Placement and Support project for disadvantaged job seekers with mental health issues

by Bowman, Dina | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Lawlor, Jyden.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2010Description: vi, 63 p. : ill. PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: February 2010 Bibliography : p. 59-63 INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: This study provides valuable insights into the provision of employment services for highly disadvantaged people with complex needs. It built on the evidence-based Individual Placement and Support approach for people with mental illness, which was developed and well-documented in the United States. The report includes a detailed fidelity review of the adaptation and implementation of the IPS model.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Evidence for social policy and practice : perspectives on how research and evidence can influence decision making in public services /

by National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts NESTA).

Publisher: London, U.K. NESTA 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: April 2011 Bibliography : p. 34-35Summary: From criminal justice, childrens services to poverty reduction, this report contains essays from organisations using different methodologies and approaches to generate evidence and influence policy and practice in a number of service areas. The idea that policy and practice should be underpinned by rigorous evidence is internationally accepted, yet there is recognition that the level of rigour in evaluating 'what works' in social policy remains limited. In a time of public service reform and more decentralised decision making, the need for timely, accessible and reliable evidence is becoming ever more important. At NESTA we both use and produce evidence through a combination of practical programmes and research projects. We are keen to learn from the organisations featured here - as well as others working in the field - to help strengthen the evidence base and improve the sharing of this knowledge.Availability: (1)

Evidence-based policy-making : what is it? how do we get it? /

by Banks, Gary.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Productivity Commission 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Evidence-based practices and programs for early childhood care and education. /

by Groark, Christina J. (ed.) | Mehaffie, Kelly E. (ed.) | McCall, Robert B. (ed.).

Publisher: Thousand Oaks, CA Sage Publications 2007Description: xxiii, 191 p.Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 177-180) and index. Contents: Part I. Evidence-based practices. 1. School readiness : definitions, best practices, assessments and cost / Kelly E. Mehaffie and Jeffery Fraser -- 2. Early intervention practices for children with and at risk for delays / Louise Kaczmarek and Christina J. Groark -- 3. Best practices for transitions into kindergarten / Kelly E. Mehaffie and Mary Wolfson -- Part II. Evidence-based programs. 4. Publicly funded programs and their benefits for children / Wendy M. Barnard -- 5. Demonstration programs and successful outcomes / Wendy M. Barnard and Christina J. Groark -- 6. Home-based and family child care : characteristics and quality issues / Richard Fiene and Martha Woodward Isler -- 7. School-age services : programs that extend the benefits of early care and education services / Suh-Ruu Ou and Arthur J. Reynolds -- 8. Out-of-school-time programs that promote academic and behavioral [behavioural] achievement for children ages six to eight / Anne E. Farber -- Part III. The future of the field. 9. Professional development and higher education systems to develop qualified early childhood educators / Gwen G. Morgan and Jeffery Fraser.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Family Intervention Projects : A Classic Case of Policy-based Evidence /

by Gregg, David | Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.

Publisher: Centre for Crime and Justice Studies 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: June 2010 Bibliography : p. 16-17Summary: This 21-page UK briefing is based on a comprehensive re-analysis of government- funded evaluations on the effectiveness of its Family Intervention Project (FIP)strategyAvailability: (1)

Housing with care for later life : a literature review. /

by Croucher, Karen | Hicks, Leslie | Jackson, Karen.

Publisher: York, U.K. Joseph Rowntree Foundation 2006Description: 142 p.Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 108-118)Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Indicators of community strength : a framework and evidence. /

by Victoria. Department for Victorian Communities. Strategic Policy and Research Division | Pope, Jeanette (comp.).

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. The Department 2006Description: PDF.Notes: URL: '' Checked: 22/04/2009 2:28:42 PM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Indicators of community strength : a framework and evidence. /

by Pope, Jeanette.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Department for Victorian Communities 2006Description: 24 p.Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 22-24)Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Keeping the hubs humming : tuning into neighbourhoods /

by Stubbings, Jo-Ann (ed) | Hubs Strategy Group for Hume Communities for Children nitiative.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2009Description: iv, 24 p. PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: The purpose of this report is to document the learnings from the Hubs strategy in the Broadmeadows Communities for Children site to guide future development. It aims to be of value to others wishing to develop Hubs and to provide a feedback loop to policy makers on the practicalities of 'setting the Hubs humming'. It draws on the 2007 Setting the Hubs Humming: Working together for children and their families report as well as local evaluation reports and data collected as part of the strategy. It is anticipated that this document will be used as a resource to further build the profile of community Hubs in schools and inform a range of audiences.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).

Promoting mental health : concepts, emerging evidence, practice. /

by Herrman, Helen (ed.) | Saxena, Shekhar (ed) | Moodie, Rob (ed).

Publisher: Geneva, Switzerland World Helath Organization 2005Description: xx, 288 p.Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 282-283)Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Research evaluation and innovation : a study of Sydney-based community organisations /

by Keen, Susan | Centre for Social Impact.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. University of New South Wales. Centre for Social Impact 2009Description: PDF.Other title: Centre for Social Impact Issues Paper ; no. 8.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: November 2009 Bibliography : p. 15-16Summary: As the ideas of evidence-based practice and accountability frameworks permeate the community services sector, so does the need for improved documentation. The sector is taking on more research functions and more research staff to be able to provide evidence for results for both government and potential philanthropy.Availability: (1)

Setting the hubs humming : working together for children and their families. /

by Stubbings, Jo-Ann (ed) | Hubs Strategy Group for Hume Communities for Children nitiative.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2007Description: iv, 34 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 33-34)Summary: Hubs, in the context of this report, represent linked practices, places and people and the roles each play in the integration of services for children and their families. Early Years Hubs represent a shift in thinking and practice to the provision of services in increasingly inclusive ways. They act as a vehicle for joint planning of activities across sectors, enabling parents, children and community members to join together to plan, develop and be part of activities that are local, friendly, welcoming, non-judgemental and, most importantly, engaging. Setting the hubs humming has been created to document the experience of this work in the Hume Communities for Children site. This document outlines the learnings, working definitions and advice gained from the experience of the communities in this project. Working and emerging definitions have been included to illustrate the different approaches and strategies that have been adopted across the sites and as a means of demonstrating the diverse opportunities for service integration. Evidence-based research and local insights are provided, which reinforce the strength of integrated approaches. Barriers and enabling opportunities are also important features that highlight progress through difficulties and celebrate the success of innovation. Professional practices and models of the development of community Hubs have also been detailed. These practices have grown over three years, supported by the goodwill and commitment of partnership agencies. In addition this work has been created for anyone interested in exploring an integrated approach to the provision of services for children and their families. It has been developed to assist others in their own reflection, planning and implementing of similar projects and can be used as a tool and point of reference complementary to the action research process. It is by no means a definitive work, rather a beginning point from which other information may be sourced and further investigation undertaken. The style of the document has been chosen to be accessible to professionals, parents in leadership roles and the community so as to inspire a more collaborative approach to offering services that support children and their families.(Introduction - extract)Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).

Strategies for improving outcomes for young children : a catalogue of evidence-based interventions. /

by Victoria. Department of Human Services.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. The Department 2007Description: vi, 165 p.Notes: Includes bibliographical references April 2007 Family & early years School to work SCHOOL TO WORKAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Strengthening evidence-based policy in the Australian Federation : roundtable proceedings /

by Australia. Productivity Commission.

Publisher: Melbourne, Victoria Australia. Productivity Commission 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: March 2010 Strengthening evidence-based policy in the Australian Federation : roundtable proceedings (17-18 August 2009 : Canberra, A.C.T.)Summary: The Productivity Commission's 2009 roundtable was organised around the topic Strengthening Evidence-Based Policy in the Australian Federation, and held at Old Parliament House in Canberra on 17-18 August. Participants included government officials, academics, consultants and representatives of non-government organisations. The Commission has long grappled with how best to bring available evidence to bear in informing policy. Some months after coming to power, Prime Minister Rudd said: ?evidence-based policy making is at the heart of being a reformist government?, foreshadowing an intensified interest in making the best use of evidence, and implying questions about how to deepen the pool of experienced evaluators and build institutions to facilitate good use of evidence. The roundtable commenced by discussing the principles of the evidence-based policy movement and reviewed how well Australian use of evidence conformed to best practice. It then considered how to improve the availability of quality evidence, and reviewed possible institutional developments to embed good use of evidence more firmly into policy-making.Availability: (1)

Systematic synthesis of qualitative research /

by Saini, Michael | Shlonsky, Aron.

Publisher: Oxford, U.K. Oxford University Press 2012Description: xiv, 208 p. : ill.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and indexSummary: Qualitative synthesis within the family of systematic reviews meets an urgent need to use knowledge derived from qualitative studies to inform practice, research, and policy. Despite the contingent nature of evidence gleaned from synthesis of qualitative studies, systematic synthesis is an important technique and, used judiciously, can deepen understanding of the contextual dimensions that emerge from qualitative research. This pocket guide presents an overview for planning, developing, and implementing qualitative synthesis within existing protocols and guidelines for conducting systematic reviews. The authors also explore methodological challenges, including: the philosophical tensions of integrating qualitative synthesis within the family of systematic reviews; the balance of comprehensive and iterative information retrieval strategies to locate and screen qualitative research; the use of appraisal tools to assess quality of qualitative studies; the various approaches to synthesize qualitative studies, including interpretive, integrated, and aggregative; and the tensions between the generalizability and transferability of findings that emerge from qualitative synthesis.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

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