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Evidence, policy and practice
Critical perspectives in health and social care

Jon Glasby
Paperback, 136 pages, 234 x 156 mm
Other formats available
15 Jun 2011


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"(Evidence, Policy and Practice) deserves a wide audience among researchers and policy makers. Students in social policy, health and social care will also find it illuminating."
British Journal of Social Work
"This book is timely, enlightening and rich with ideas and examples. It exposes the challenging evidence/policy/practice relationship in the messy and political world of social care and health."
Julie Jones CBE, Chief Executive, Social Care Institute for Excellence
"What we intend and what we deliver are often two different things and in many cases the learning from practice is not used to inform policy objectives. We need a virtuous circle and not a vicious one where policy, practice and evidence of what works for citizens in terms of delivering positive outcomes mutually reinforce each other. This new book seeks to create this circle."
Richard Jones, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

About This Book

This edited book provides a hard-hitting and deliberately provocative overview of the relationship between evidence, policy and practice, how policy is implemented and how research can and should influence the policy process. It critiques the notion of 'evidence-based practice', suggesting instead a more inclusive idea of 'knowledge-base practice', based in part on the lived experience of service users. It will be of interest to everyone in health and social care policy, practice and research.

Author Biography

Jon Glasby is Professor of Health and Social Care and Director of the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham. A qualified social worker by background, he has extensive experience of research, teaching, consultancy and policy advice in health and social care.


Introduction ~ Jon Glasby
The policy process ~ Martin Powell
From policy transfer to policy translation: the role of evidence in policy borrowing ~ Catherine Needham
Policy making through a rhetorical lens ~ Jill Russell and Trisha Greenhalgh
Implementing policy ~ Helen Dickinson
From evidence-based to knowledge-based policy and practice ~ Jon Glasby
Receptive contexts and the role of knowledge management in evidence-based practice ~ Iestyn Williams
Conclusion ~ Jon Glasby.


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