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Accession Number PB2013-101874
Title Using Science as Evidence in Public Policy.
Publication Date 2012
Media Count 122p
Personal Author K. Prewitt M. L. Straf T. A. Schwandt
Abstract The Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) of the National Research Council (NRC) in 2005 established a standing committee to consider questions of how to strengthen the quality and use of social science research and to lay a foundation for the continuous improvement in the conduct of social science research and its applications to public policy. The standing committee was to identify areas of significant interest to those in the policy, research, and practitioner communities. That committee convened a number of workshops and discussion meetings and met with a variety of researchers engaged in research on evidence for public policy, and it also consulted with policy makers about the usefulness of social science research to their work. As a result of those workshops and meetings, the committee concluded that it should give less attention to how the social sciences produce knowledge about policy, and focus, instead, on the settings and conditions that affect whether social science knowledge is used in policy making. To carry out the task identified, the NRC in 2009 set up the Committee on the Use of Social Science Knowledge in Public Policy. This new committee decided to propose a framework for research on how policy makers make use of scientific knowledge and how the results of that research might lead to improved policy making and improved preparation of students in policy schools for careers in the policy world. This report is the result of the work of the committee.
Keywords Careers
Public policy
Research programs
Social sciences

Source Agency National Academy of Science National Research Council
NTIS Subject Category 92D - Education, Law, & Humanities
70E - Research Program Administration & Technology Transfer
Corporate Author National Research Council, Washington, DC. Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1308
Contract Number N/A

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