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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)

A new country : but no place to call home : the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in housing crisis and strategies for improved housing outcomes. /

by Kelly, Eve.

Publisher: South Melbourne, Vic. Hanover Welfare Services 2004Description: xviii, 95 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

A no-returns tax system for Australia : some inconvenient facts /

by Davidson, Sinclair.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T.Agenda : a journal of policy analysis and reform; 16(4)67-82 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: It has been proposed that Australia adopt a ?no-returns? income tax system. One consequence of such a reform would be the standardisation, or even elimination, of work-related expense deductions. Using ATO data it is shown that in introducing a no-returns tax system and eliminating work-related expense deductions, the average Australian (making a claim) would save Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

A question of balance : principles, contracts and the government-not-for-profit relationship /

by Sidoti, Eric et al.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. University of Western Sydney 2009Description: ii, 65 cm. ; 30 cm.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Applying social science : the role of social research in politics, policy and practice /

by Byrne, David.

Publisher: Bristol, U.K. Policy Press 2011Description: iv, 234 p.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.Summary: In complex contemporary societies social science has become increasingly interwoven into the whole fabric of governance. At the same time there is an increasing recognition that attempts to understand the social world which seek to mimic the linear approaches of the conventional 'hard sciences' are mostly useless given the complex systems character of society in all its aspects. This book draws on a synthesis of critical realism and complexity theory to examine how social science is applied now and how it might be applied in the future in relation to social transformation in a time of crisis. A central argument is that there is no such thing as a 'pure' science of the social and that a recognition of the inevitability of application imposes obligations on social scientists wherever they work which challenge the passivity of most in the face of inequality and injustice.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Children and youth at risk : effective programs and practices. /

by Australia. Youth Bureau.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Department of Employment, Education and Training 1990?Description: 48 leaves ; 30 cm.Notes: Australia's contribution to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Developments Centre for Educational Research and Innovation Project. Presented by the Australian Conference of Directors-General of Education and the Commonwealth Youth Bureau, Department of Employment, Education and Training. missing 2001Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Data collection : key debates and methods in social research /

by Olsen, Wendy.

Publisher: London, U.K. Sage Publications 2011Description: xi, 234 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.Summary: This innovative book for students and researchers alike gives an indispensable introduction to key issues and practical methods needed for data collection. It uses clear definitions, relevant interdisciplinary examples from around the world and up-to-date suggestions for further reading to demonstrate how to gather and use qualitative, quantitative, and mixed data sets.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Data management /

by Johnstone, Robert | Australian Institute of Family Studies. Growing Up in ustralia.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Institute of Family Studies 2004Description: PDF.Other title: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children : data.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: March 2004 Bibliography: p. 48-49Summary: This paper presents a discussion of the data management policy and procedures for Growing Up in Australia - the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC). Growing Up in Australia is a major study funded by the Australian Government Department of Family and Community Services (FaCS) as part of the Australian Government?s Stronger Families and Communities Strategy. The Australian Institute of Family Studies is leading a consortium of nine eminent Australian research institutions in the development of this study, which will track the development of two cohorts of young children for at least 7 years. ; LONGITUDINAL STUDY OF AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN (LSAC)Availability: (1)

Do it yourself social research : the bestselling practical guide to doing social research projects /

by Wadsworth, Yoland.

Edition: 3rd editionPublisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W. Allen & Unwin 2011Description: xii, 204 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.Notes: Includes bibliographical references Cartoons by Simon KneeboneSummary: This book demystifies the research process, covering all the basics of: where to start; how to manage a research project; methods, techniques and resources; digital tools; interpretation, analysis and reporting. This edition has been thoroughly revised. It covers the use of narrative and dialogue in research, rich research design, and what digital technology can (and can't) contribute to the research process. With its hands-on, no-nonsense approach, Do It Yourself Social Research is an essential resource for anyone doing social research in sociology, social work, education, health, welfare, not-for profit and many other fields.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Does the way we measure poverty matter? /

by Trigger, David.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling. University of Canberra 2003Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: November 2003 Includes bibliographical references.Availability: (1)

Doing a literature review : releasing the social science research imagination. /

by Hart, Chris.

Publisher: London, U.K. Sage Publications 1998Description: ix, 230 p. : ill.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index. Bibliography: p.220-223Summary: Presents a guide to researching, preparing and writing a literature review, a major component of research projects.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Everyday evaluation on the run : the user-friendly introductory guide to effective evaluation /

by Wadsworth, Yoland.

Edition: 3rd editionPublisher: Walnut Creek, CA Left Coast Press Inc 2011Description: xvii, 215 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index Cartoons by Simon KneeboneSummary: "Effective evaluation can provide valuable insights into the way a program, a course or an organisation is being run, and direction for improvement. This widely-used introduction to evaluation is intended for non-specialists in the human services who need to do evaluation as part of a busy workload. Everyday Evaluation on the Run offers a practical over view of the main approaches to evaluation, strategies for involving stakeholders, and the evaluation industry's toolbox of models and techniques. The author emphasises the core principles and concepts of evaluation, and the idea of building a culture of evaluation. This third edition of Everyday Evaluation on the Run reflects current thinking on values in organisations and the need to use evaluation to guide future practice rather than just as an auditing process. With extensive examples, it is a handy reference for professionals and students in health, welfare, and community work, and in government and non-profit agencies." -- Book cover.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)

Experimental change from paper-based interviewing to computer-assisted interviewing in the HILDA survey /

by Watson, Nicole | University of Melbourne. Melbourne Institute of Applied conomic and Social Research | Wilkins, Roger.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. University of Melbourne. Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research 2011Description: PDF.Other title: HILDA project discussion paper series ; no. 2/11.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: September 2011 Bibliography pp. 28-29Summary: Most large-scale ongoing face-to-face surveys which began using pen and paper interviewing (PAPI) face an eventual shift to computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI). In preparation for such a shift in the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey, a trial of the CAPI collection mode was undertaken in the 2007 test sample. This involved a split-sample test of 764 households, where interviewers rather than households were randomly assigned to the PAPI or CAPI mode. This paper reports on the findings of this split sample test, both in terms of the fieldwork operations and the quality of the data collected. Apart from some concerns about the length of the interview, few differences were identified in the data collected by the two modes. Where CAPI differed from PAPI, it was generally in the direction thought to enhance data quality rather than reduce it.Availability: (1)

Green growth and sustainable development : green growth indicators /

by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Publisher: Paris, France Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development 2012Summary: The database contains selected indicators for monitoring progress towards green growth to support policy making and inform the public at large. The indicators draw upon the OECD's expertise with statistics, indicators and measures of progress. The dataset covers OECD countries as well as BRIICS economies (Brazil, Russian Federation, India, Indonesia, China and South Africa), Argentina and Saudi Arabia for a time period from 1990 to the most recent years availableAvailability: No items available

Growing up in Australia : 2007 longitudinal study of Australian children research conference. /

by Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Institute of Family Studies 2007Description: HTML.Summary: LONGITUDINAL STUDY OF AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN (LSAC)Availability: No items available

Handbook of action research : participative inquiry and practice. /

by Reason, Peter (ed.) | Bradbury, Hilary (ed.).

Publisher: London, U.K. Sage Publications 2001Description: xlii, 468 p. : ill.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index. Contents : Introduction : inquiry and participation in search of a world worthy of human aspiration / Peter Reason and Hilary Bradbury -- Part One : Groundings - 1. Theory and practice the mediating discourse / Bjorn Gustavsen -- 2. Participatory (Action) Research in social theory : origins and challenges / Orlando Fals Borda -- 3. Action research in the workplace : the socio-technical perspective / William Pasmore -- 4. Infusing race into the US discourse on Action Research / Ella Edmondson Bell -- 5. Uneven ground : feminisms and action research / Patricia Maguire -- 6. Power and knowledge / John Gaventa and Andrea Cornwall -- 7. Knowledge and participatory research / Peter Park -- 8. Exploring the relevance of critical theory theory for action research : emancipatory action research in the footsteps of Jurgen Habermas / Stephen Kemmis -- 9. Pragmatic action research and the struggle to transform universities into learning communities / Morten Levin and Davydd Greenwood -- 10. The Humanistic approach to action research / John Rowan -- 11. Engaging sympathies : relationship between action research and social constructivism / Yvonna S. Lincoln -- 12. The relationship of 'systems thinking' to action research / Robert Louis Flood -- 13. Action research as the hidden curriculum of the western tradition / Olav Eikeland -- Part Two : Practices - 14. Action science : creating communities of inquiry in communities of practice / Victor J. Friedman -- 15. I wish this were a poem of practices of participatory research / Budd L. Hall -- 16. The practice of co-operative inquiry : research 'with' rather than 'on' people / John Heron and Peter Reason -- 17. Appreciative inquiry : the power of the unconditional positive question / James D. Ludema, David L. Cooperrider and Frank J. Barrett -- 18. Large-group processes as action research / Ann W. Martin -- 19. The use of words : improving enterprises by improving their conversations / Oyvind Palshaugen -- 20. Ethnodrama : constructing participatory, experiential and compelling action research through performance / Jim Mienczakowski and Stephen Morgan -- 21. Clinical inquiry/research / Edgar H. Schein -- 22. Community action research : learning as a community of practitioners, consultants and researchers / Peter Senge and Otto Scharmer -- 23. The practice of action inquiry / William R. Torbert -- 24. The turn to action and the linguistic turn : towards an integrated methodology / Lesley Treleaven -- 25. Educational action research / Ken Zeichner -- Part Three : Exemplars - 26. Working together, learning together : co-operative inquiry in the development of complex practice by teams of social workers / Mark Baldwin -- 27. The Early Mothering Project : what happened when the words 'action research' came to life for a group of midwives / Penelope A. Barrett -- 28. Citizen participation in natural resource management / Yogesh Bhatt and Rajesh Tandon -- 29. Learning with The Natural Step : action research to promote conversations for sustainable development / Hilary Bradbury -- 30. Tranforming lives : towards bicultural competence / Gloria Bravette Gordon -- 31. Action research to develop an interorganizational network / Rupert F. Chisholm -- 32. Transpersonal co-operative inquiry / John Heron -- 33. Using co-operative inquiry to transform evaluation of nursing students' clinical practice / Marcia D. Hills -- 34. Collaborative inquiry with African American community leaders : comments on a participatory action research process / James G. Kelly, Lynne O. Mock and S. Darius Tandon -- 35. Participatory research and education for social change : Highlander Research and Education Center / Helen M. Lewis -- 36. Creative arts and photography in participatory action research in Guatemala / M. Brinton Lykes -- 37. The art of clinical inquiry in information technology-related change / Joe McDonagh and David Coghlan -- 38. The sights and sounds of indigenous knowledge / Timothy Pyrch and Maria Teresa Castillo -- 39. Participatory action research in southern Tanzania, with special reference to women / Marja-Liisa Swantz, Elizabeth Ndedya and Mwajuma Saiddy Masaiganah -- 40. Six street youth who could ... / Elizabeth Whitmore and Colette McKee -- Part Four : Skills - 41. Collaborative off-line reflection : a way to develop skill in action science and action inquiry / Jenny W. Rudolph, Steven S. Taylor and Erica Gabrielle Foldy -- 42. On working with graduate research students / Peter Reason and Judi Marshall -- 43. The mirror, the magnifying glass, the compass and the map : facilitating participatory action research / Yoland Wadsworth -- 44. Self-reflective inquiry practices / Judi Marshall -- 45. The third task of universities or how to get universities to serve their communities! / Goran Brulin -- Conclusion : broadening the brandwidth of validity : issues and choice-points for improving the quality of action research / Hilary Bradbury and Peter Reason.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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How older people became researchers : training, guidance and practice in action /

by Leamy, Mary | Joseph Rowntree Foundation | Clough, Roger.

Publisher: York, U.K. Joseph Rowntree Foundation 2006Description: vii, 49 p.Notes: URL: '' Checked: 22/04/2009 2:40:31 PM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success response Retirement & ageingAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

I just want to work : a report on the link between young people, labour market programs and economic development in Melton and Bacchus Marsh. /

by Coventry, Louise | Bertone, Santina | Grace, Marty.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. A project of Djerriwarrh Employment and Education Services in association with Victoria University of Technology. 1996Description: 136 p.Notes: 'This project was funded by the Australian Youth Foundation as part of the Young Australians - Making the Future Work project, a joint job creation initiative of the Australian Youth Foundation and the Social Justice Research Foundation. - t.p.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Introducing data analysis for social scientists. /

by Rose, David | Sullivan, Oriel.

Publisher: Buckingham, U.K. Open University Press 1993Description: x, 203 p. + 1 computer disk (3 1/2 in.).Notes: System requirements for computer disk: IBM-compatible PC; DOS; high-density floppy disk drive.Summary: A manual on the use of SPSS for data analysis.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

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