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.

Make a Difference with Policy Research

Make a Difference with Policy Research

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We wrote this book for people who want to change the world—or at least some part of it. You may want to make a difference in problems of truly global proportions, such as climate change, war, disease, famine, economic crisis, or water pollution. You may want to address problems that affect an entire country, such as persistent unemployment, racial and gender inequality and intolerance, worsening educational opportunities, or obesity. You may want to deal with issues that are more local in scope, such as inefficient and ineffective service delivery in your agency, poor profitability in your business, homelessness in your city, or deterioration in your neighborhood. Policy research can help you change the world responsibly.

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