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Category Archives: Evidence-based Policy
Nov 27 2013
Open data initiatives may hold much promise and value, but more attention is needed on how these projects are developing as complex socio-technical systems. Rob Kitchin elaborates on four specific areas that have yet to be fully interrogated. These critiques affirm … Continue reading
Posted by: November 27, 2013
Nov 24 2013
Impact Round Up 24 November: Scientific closures, responsible sharing and how to evaluate scientific claims.
Managing Editor Sierra Williams presents a round up of popular stories from around the web on higher education, academic impact, and trends in scholarly communication. From top-down government mandates to the day-to-day process of sharing one’s research, open access continues to be an … Continue reading
Posted by: November 24, 2013
Nov 21 2013
A more inclusive approach to citizen engagement methods will strengthen policy-making and its underpinning evidence.
For just under a decade, a significant experiment in citizen participation in government has been taking place in the shape of Sciencewise. In recent years, the agency has not only survived a change of Government, but – according to Helen Pallett … Continue reading
Posted by: November 21, 2013
Nov 11 2013
Five recommendations for maximising the relevance of social science research for policy-making in the big data era
The quantity and influence of generalisable data presents challenges and opportunities for public policy making. Helen Margetts discusses how social scientists can help policy-makers in this changed environment, ensuring that social science research remains relevant, and warns that social science … Continue reading
Posted by: November 11, 2013
Nov 7 2013
A greater proportion of social science graduates are employed shortly after leaving university than STEM or arts graduates.
Roses Leech-Wilkinson presents the findings from a recent report which underlines the strong career prospects of social science graduates. This data does well to challenge some negative stereotypes on the usefulness of social science disciplines, but falling student numbers could already be … Continue reading
Posted by: November 7, 2013
Nov 5 2013
A replicated study on nuclear proliferation shows the critical necessity of reviewing accepted scientific results.
In replicating a 2009 study on the role of asymmetric nuclear weapons possession, Mark Bell and Nicholas Miller found that a computational error led to the overestimation of the deterrent effect of nuclear weapons by a factor of several million. It is … Continue reading
Posted by: November 5, 2013
Nov 4 2013
Impact-monitoring research leads to clear EU policy recommendations to improve services for children of prisoners.
In England and Wales there are an estimated 200,000 children with a parent in prison, and on any given day, an estimated 800,000 children have a parent in prison in the European Union. The COPING team argue that this area … Continue reading
Posted by: November 4, 2013
Oct 31 2013
There is sufficient evidence to suggest Whitehall is leaning on researchers to produce politically useful research.
The quality of scientific evidence in government heavily depends upon the independent assessment of research. Pressure from those commissioning the research may pose a threat to scientific integrity and rigorous policy-making. Edward Page reports that whilst there is strong evidence of government leaning, … Continue reading
Posted by: October 31, 2013
Oct 1 2013
Due to the confusion over what counts as evidence, mental health research has largely failed to make a significant impact on workplace wellbeing and employment relations practices. Elizabeth Cotton argues that in order to make a positive difference, academic research … Continue reading
Posted by: October 1, 2013