Welfare policy: tendering for evidence

Robert Walker

in What works?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2000 | ISBN: 9781861341914
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304265 | DOI:
Welfare policy: tendering for evidence

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Welfare policy has a long and distinguished history of being informed by research evidence. This chapter shows that the most influential studies were landmarks in social policy research – from Charles Booth and Seebolm Rowntree, through to Brian Abel-Smith and Peter Townsend. It shows that research on welfare has had to be both eclectic and inventive in order to provide policy-relevant findings. Even so, frustration arises from the almost complete inability to mount experimental studies in this field, as well as from the speed with which carefully designed research can be overtaken by political imperatives.

Keywords: research evidence; social policy research; Charles Booth; Seebolm Rowntree; Brian Abel-Smith; Peter Townsend

Chapter.  7751 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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