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.

Reflect on the Policy Research Voyage

Reflect on the Policy Research Voyage

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Policy research is about helping people take socially responsible action to improve our world by bringing together evidence, that is, facts established through careful procedures and analysis, and meaning, that is, values, opinions, and beliefs about what is important. Policy research is not an exact science and cannot be reduced to a set of systematic procedures. It is as much an art as it is a science, and doing it well takes practice-honed skill. To develop our skills, we must look back on what we did, reflect on what worked and what didn't work, and apply our learning to future projects.

As you gain experience in a particular policy research area, you will learn more about problems, their ...

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