Methods for Policy Research Taking Socially Responsible Action

ISBN-10: 1412997801

ISBN-13: 9781412997805

Edition: 2nd 2014

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Description: This is a book about responsible and evidence-based decision making. It describes how to define policy research questions so that evidence can be applied to them, how to find and synthesize existing evidence, how to generate new evidence if needed, how to make acceptable recommendations that can solve policy problems without negative side effects, how to describe evidence and recommendations in a manner that changes minds. This book is for the community of learners interested in improving the decisions that affect peopleÆs lives. Policies are not just the decisions made by a countryÆs rulers or elected officials; policies are also set by corporate executives, managers of department stores, and project leaders in non-profit organizations pursuing environmental protection. In this book, we derive our suggestions from the fundamental belief that evidence-based decision making is superior to decisions based purely on opinion, intuition, and emotion. If we can convince one reader to consider the evidence systematically and responsibly before making a decision, and if we can help one individual to communicate evidence and recommendations in a way that facilitates real change, then this book has achieved the goals we set for ourselves when we sat down to write it.

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Book details

List price: $39.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/23/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Ann Majchrzak (PhD, Social Psychology, UCLA, 1980) is a Professor of Information and Operations Management at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California. She has been doing policy research since 1980 for U.S. government agencies, large and small non-profits, and corporations. She also does research in her specific discipline of organizational and technological innovation, including studies on knowledge sharing, innovation, distributed cognition, emergent groups, virtual collaboration, collaboration in high-secure volatile environments, emergency response, and innovation challenges. Her publications include such books as The Human Side of Factory Automation (Sage), articles in such journals as Organization Science, Information Systems Research, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Management Science, MIS Quarterly, Harvard Business Review, and Sloan Management Review and numerous book chapters and presentations to industry, government, and academics She has served on 3 National Academy of Sciences Committees and is a senior editor for Organization Science and MIS Quarterly. For more information: http://www.marshall.usc.edu/faculty/directory/majchrza

Foreword to the First Edition
Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Make a Difference With Policy Research
Launch the Policy Research Process
Synthesize Existing Evidence
Obtain New Evidence
Design Policy Recommendations
Expand Stakeholder Engagement
Reflect on the Policy Research Voyage
References
Index
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