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Making Research Work: Promoting Child Care Policy and Practice

Dorota Iwaniec (Editor), John Pinkerton (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-471-97952-4
308 pages
November 1998
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Making Research Work demonstrates how research can be fostered and applied more effectively to child care policy and practice. Drawing on a wealth of experience, current literature and government documents, the contributors present a comprehensive discussion of key contemporary issues relating to child care research. Recommendations are given for recognising and responding to both the fundamental and the specialist issues that challenge the various stages of the research process. Practical guidelines are given for
* undertaking single-case design research


* appraising current child care literature and official statistics


* accessing hidden or hard-to-reach populations
* dissemination


* establishing a research centre


* preparing a research proposal to submit to a funding body


* commissioning and funding research
This book s practical approach and unique focus will appeal to practitioners, researchers, policy makers and students seeking to understand and enhance the relationship of research to policy and practice in the child care context.
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THE RELATIONSHIP OF RESEARCH TO POLICY AND PRACTICE.
Research and Development Strategies in the National Health Service and Personal Social Services in the United Kingdom (D. Iwaniec).
The Impact of Research on Policy and Practice: A Systemic Perspective (J. Pinkerton). The Influence of Research on Child Care Policy and Practice: The Case of 'Children Who Wait' and the Development of the Permanence Movement in the United Kingdom (G. Kelly).
CHILD CARE RESEARCH: SOME CHALLENGING CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS.
Evidencing Effectiveness: The Use of Single-Case Designs in Child Care Work (K. Dillenburger).
Literature Reviewing: Towards a More Rigorous Approach (K. Higgins J. Pinkerton).
The Importance of and Difficulties with Official Statistics: A Case Study of Child Care Data (V. Switzer).
Researching Hidden Populations(K. Higgins).
Child Participatory Research: Ethical and Methodological Considerations (C. McAuley).
Developing a Strategy for Disseminating Research Findings (M. Monteith).
PROMOTING AND SECURING A BASIS FOR RESEARCH.
Preparing a Research Proposal for Funding Purposes (P. McCrystal).
Commissioning Research (M. Monteith).
Who and How to Approach Regarding Research Sponsoring (P. McCrystal).
Promoting Research Through the Establishment of Research Centres (D. Iwaniec).
Index.
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