Bedford Way Papers Series 41

Making Evidence Matter

A New Perspective for Evidence-Informed Policy-Making in Education

October 2013
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  • Publisher
    UCL IOE Press
  • Published
    21st October 2013
  • ISBN 9781782770206
  • Language English
  • Pages 180 pp.
  • Size 6.625" x 9.5"

This book presents new perspectives and crucially, solutions, as it re-examines the arguments in favor of an evidence-informed approach to education policy in today’s altered landscape. It spotlights the factors that lead to a wide variety of evidence and perspectives being disregarded by policy makers and sets out why a paradigm of partnership between researchers and policy-makers is required in order to improve the future for policy development. It is grounded both in empirical and theoretical analysis from a review of existing literature and from interviews held with senior education policy makers and other players on the policy development scene.

"Making Evidence Matter goes beyond simply an analysis of how evidence currently does, or more accurately does not inform education policy making. It outlines how policy makers and researchers should interact as policy-learning communities to create deep, ongoing engagement with evidence to truly inform policy."

Professor Bette Chambers, University of York

"Through theoretical, empirical, and practical perspectives, this book energetically sets a serious, timely challenge to researchers and policy makers to resolve the evidence dilemma. Its strengths include prioritizing policy-ready research outcomes and challenging traditional definitions of expertise, both central to the debate around evidence informing policy."

Dr. Mary Kathryn Sheard, University of York

About the author
1. An introduction to evidence-informed policy making
2. Strategies to enable researchers to increase the impact of their work
3. The policy development process
4. A sociological account of knowledge adoption
5. The post-modern social world, and changing trends in the production of knowledge
6. The consequences of power
7. Notions of expertise
8. Resolving the 'evidence dilemma'

Chris Brown

Chris Brown is Professor of Education in the University of Portsmouth’s School of Education and Childhood Studies.