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Is the evidence-based practice movement doing more good than harm? Reflections on Iain Chalmers' case for research-based policy making and practice

Hammersley, Martyn (2005). Is the evidence-based practice movement doing more good than harm? Reflections on Iain Chalmers' case for research-based policy making and practice. Evidence and Policy, 1(1) pp. 85–100.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/1744264052703203
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Abstract

Powerful voices are currently insisting that policy and practice must be based on research evidence, and that social science inquiry should be reformed in order to serve this need more effectively. An influential figure in the evidence-based practice movement is Sir Iain Chalmers, previously director of the UK Cochrane Centre. Taking evidence-based medicine as his model, he presents the task of research as to determine which policies and practices work. This is to be achieved through the use of randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews of their results. In this article, some of the central assumptions of his case are assessed.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1744-2648
Extra Information: FREE ACCESS to this paper is available via the publisher's website.
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Childhood, Development and Learning
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 17152
Depositing User: Wendy Hunt
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2009 11:11
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 20:32
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/17152
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