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Research and Evidence-based Policy and Practice (PD4)

Module PD4 engages with a range of contemporary debates concerning the role played by social research in the development of professional policy and practice and the effectiveness of applied social research. There is consideration of the complex ways in which research may come to influence professional policy and practice and the variety of different contexts in which research based knowledge is produced and utilised. The module covers the changing role of research in the policy process; research in the policy cycle (from blue skies to evaluation); dissemination and implementation.