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Impact Validity as a Framework for Advocacy-Based Research

Impact Validity as a Framework for Advocacy-Based Research

Sean G. Massey (Editor), Ricardo E. Barreras (Editor), Sheri R. Levy (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-89060-8

Dec 2013, Wiley-Blackwell

188 pages

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This issue introduces a new framework for thinking about research from the standpoint of usable knowledge. Impact Validity is the extent to which research has the potential to play a role in social and political change or is useful as a tool for advocacy or activism. A series of articles have been collected for this issue that exemplify the intersection of science, activism/ advocacy, and social change. These articles highlight the ways in which others have strategically grounded their research in the advocacy needs of the social/political issue they are trying to influence, and the various decisions throughout the research process that have had a bearing on its potential to be useful in addressing social problems. These decisions, which rarely receive systematic attention, take central stage.

INTRODUCTION
Introducing “Impact Validity”  
Sean G. Massey and Ricardo E. Barreras  615

SECTION I: ADVOCACY AND GOOD SCIENCE ARE NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE

Application of Empirical Research Findings in Public Health Advocacy:
Focus on Maternal, Child, and Reproductive Health 
Diana Romero, Amy Kwan, and Wendy Chavkin  633

Pathways Housing First for Homeless Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities:
Program Innovation, Research, and Advocacy
Ronni Michelle Greenwood, Ana Stefancic, and Sam Tsemberis  645

Public Engagement, Knowledge Transfer, and Impact Validity 
Gareth Hagger-Johnson, Peter Hegarty, Meg Barker, and Christina Richards  664

SECTION II: IMPACT IS MORE THAN GOOD DATA

Advocacy Research in Harm Reduction Drug Policies  
Ernest Drucker  684

New York City’s Struggle over Syringe Exchange: A Case Study of the Intersection of Science, Activism, and Political Change  
Ricardo E. Barreras and Rafael A. Torruella  694

Researching the War on Terror in Swat Valley, Pakistan: Grapplings with the Impact on Communities and the Transnational Knowledge Industry  
Lubna N. Chaudhry  713

SECTION III: KNOWLEDGE USE AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

An Approach to Scholarly Impact through Strategic Engagement in
Community-Based Research  734
Paul W. Speer and Brian D. Christens

Memoscopio: Producing Usable and Collectively Owned Knowledge About the World March for Peace and Nonviolence  
Carolina Munoz Proto, Antonia Devoto Lyon, Carolina Villar Castillo, and Marco Battistella  754

How Much Punishment is Enough? Designing Participatory Research on Parole Policies for Persons Convicted of Violent Crimes  
Carla Marquez-Lewis, Michelle Fine, Kathy Boudin, William E. Waters, Mika’il DeVeaux, Felipe Vargas, Cheryl “Missy” Wilkins, Migdalia Martinez, Michael G. Pass, and Sharon White-Harrigan  771

SECTION IV: COMMENTARY

Impact Validity: A Politics of Possibilities  
Damien W. Riggs  707