Methods for Policy Research, Second Edition, by Ann Majchrzak and M. Lynne Markus, is a book about responsible and evidence-based decision making written for those interested in improving the decisions that affect people's lives. 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, and how to describe evidence and recommendations in a manner that changes minds. The suggestions made throughout the book are based on the fundamental belief that evidence-based decision making is superior to decisions based purely on opinion, intuition, and emotion.

Synthesize Existing Evidence

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During the Launch Phase, you familiarized yourself with the policy problem and reframed the policy research question with the help of your advisers. Now, it's time to try to answer that question based on the best evidence you can find. In this phase, you assemble others’ research on the policy question, summarize the findings, and synthesize them to come up with your best assessment of what is known about the answer. You also decide how confident you are in the answer and what important questions remain unanswered or uncertain. Synthesizing the existing evidence can be challenging but critical to the success of the entire policy research process because syntheses of evidence are often the basis on which policy recommendations are ...

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