Understanding Research for Social Policy and Practice: Themes, Methods and Approaches

Understanding Research for Social Policy and Practice: Themes, Methods and Approaches

Understanding Research for Social Policy and Practice: Themes, Methods and Approaches

Understanding Research for Social Policy and Practice: Themes, Methods and Approaches

Synopsis

It is vital for students, policy makers and practitioners engaged in social policy related fields to understand the importance and place of research and how to interpret and use research findings. They also need to know how to effectively carry out and report good quality research of their own. This landmark book, the first of its kind, will enable them to meet all of these challenges. "Understanding research for socail policy and practice" conveys the excitement, importance and methodological diversity of social policy research and provides readers with appropriate knowledge to help them interpret and assess the research of others and to conduct high quality research. It combines lively and informed discussion of key issues, methods and approaches with practical hands-on guidance and advice and shows how and why social policy research should form a key foundation for future policy and practice.The book is essential reading for students of social policy, social work, sociology, criminology, nursing and other applied social sciences; their teachers; and policy makers and practitioners who would like to improve their use of research evidence and conduct research of their own.
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