Evidence-based Policy Making in the Social Sciences

Methods that Matter

Edited by Gerry Stoker and Mark Evans

Evidence-based Policy Making in the Social Sciences

Edited by Gerry Stoker and Mark Evans

Distributed for Bristol University Press

276 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 | © 2016
Paper $45.95 ISBN: 9781447329374 Published November 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781447329367 Published November 2016 For sale in North and South America only
This book gathers an expert group of social scientists to showcase emerging forms of analysis and evaluation for public policy analysis. Each chapter highlights a different method or approach, putting it in context and highlighting its key features before illustrating its application and potential value to policy makers. Aimed at upper-level undergraduates in public policy and social work, it also has much to offer policy makers and practitioners themselves.
Contents
List of tables, figures and boxes
List of abbreviations
Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Gerry Stoker and Mark Evans
Part One: Rising to the Challenge
One Evidence-based policy making and social science
Gerry Stoker and Mark Evans
Two Crafting public policy: choosing the right social science method
Gerry Stoker and Mark Evans
Part Two: Tools for Smarter Learning
Three Systematic reviews for policy
David Gough and Janice Tripney
Four Randomised controlled trials
Peter John
Five Qualitative comparative analysis for reviewing evidence and making decisions
Matt Ryan
Six Narrative and storytelling
Vivien Lowndes
Seven Visuals in policy making: ‘See what I’m saying’
Leonie J. Pearson and Lain Dare
Part Three: Developing data Mining
Eight ‘Big data’ and policy learning
Patrick Dunleavy
Nine Cluster analysis in policy studies
Jinjing Li
Ten Microsimulation modelling and the use of evidence
Robert Tanton and Ben Phillips
Part  Four: Bringing Citizens Back In
Eleven Citizen social science and policy making
Liz Richardson
Twelve Deliberative policy analysis
John S. Dryzek
Thirteen Co-design with citizens and stakeholders
Mark Evans and Nina Terrey
 
Conclusion: Connecting social science and policy
Gerry Stoker and Mark Evans
 
References
Index
 
Review Quotes
Citizen's Income Trust
"This is an important book. University-based researchers, think tank staff, and policy makers should all read it and follow its suggestions."
Hugh Bochel, University of Lincoln
“This valuable book highlights the potential contribution of a wide range of social science research methods to policy making and outlines suggestions for improving the research input into the policy process.”
Tony Manzi, University of Westminster
“An accessible and informative collection, providing invaluable practical guidance, which highlights the central importance of social science to public policy.”
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