Posted on Friday 10th June 2011
Talk to any health and social care researcher or to any policy maker, and it's hard to avoid the conclusion that there are growing tensions in the relationship between policy and evidence.
Ironically, disillusionment with the relationship between policy and evidence seems to be growing at the very time that policy and practice are trying to be more 'evidence based' (and at the same time as changes in research funding are prompting even reluctant academics to consider the 'impact' of their work).
Against this background, this edited book by HSMC's Professor Jon Glasby, focuses on the relationship between policy, practice and evidence, exploring 'why evidence doesn't influence policy, why it should and how it might.
Glasby, J (ed) (2011) Evidence, policy and practice: critical perspectives in health and social care, Bristol: The Policy Press