The traditional story of how we do social policy in the United States reveals a disconnect between the research community, that is producing hundreds of studies relevant to public policy, and the policy community, that is making hundreds of decisions that would benefit from research evidence. Evidenced-Based Policymaking: Envisioning a New Era of Theory, Research, and Practice tells an even stronger, more substantiated story of all it will take to connect researchers and policymakers. This book offers a fresh look into what policymakers and the policy process are like, as told by policymakers themselves and the researchers who study and work with them.
New to the 2nd Edition:
The perspective of policymakers based on a remarkable new study of 225 state legislators with an extraordinarily high response rate in a hard-to-access population.
A new theory on why policymakers use research that has the potential to inform the study and practice of evidence-based policymaking.
A new chapter that features pioneering researchers who have been effective in engaging diverse policymakers for different purposes using disparate methods.
A new chapter that lays out a rationale for transforming the education of the next generation of researchers.
This update with cutting-edge research on evidence-based policy is a benefit to readers who find it hard to keep abreast of a field that spans the disciplines of business, economics, education, family sciences, health services, political science, psychology, public administration, sociology, and so forth.
For those who study evidence-based policy, the book provides the basics of producing policy relevant research by introducing researchers to policymakers and the policy process. Strategies a