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Title: ESRC Symposium: New approaches to assessing the impact of social science research Grafton Hotel, London, May 12-13, 2005 Impact of Social Research


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ESRC Symposium New approaches to assessing the
impact of social science research Grafton Hotel,
London, May 12-13, 2005 Impact of Social
Research a Nordic perspective Director Merete
Konnerup, Nordic Campbell Center (NC2)
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Nordic Campbell Center
  • Inaugurated 2002 with main focus on Social Work
    Welfare Policies
  • First regional centre in the Campbell
    Collaboration
  • Budget ½ million/year financed by the Danish
    Government
  • Presently financing and supporting 10
    reviews-in-progress
  • WWW.NC2.NET

3
Why funding? And why now?
  • Reasons
  • Limits to growth of Nordic welfare state
  • Users/tax payers demand more better services

4
The Nordic Welfare State
S.O.S
Budget
XXX
5
Why funding? And why now?
  • Reasons
  • Limits to growth of Nordic welfare state (social
    services 13 per cent of GDP)
  • Users/tax payers demand more better services
  • Result
  • Increased need for prioritization
  • Increased demands for credible documentation of
    impact
  • Question What Works?

6
Decisions - what are they based on?
Pragmatism, contingencies
Experience expert opinions
Public opinion pressure groups
Judgement
Evidence
Resources
Habits traditions
Values
7
Social Science fields informing policy practice
Evidence
Ethical
Descriptive analytical
Attitudinal
Implimentation
Economic/ econometric
Statistical modeling
Effect
8
What does it take to inform policy and
practice on the impact of interventions?

Impact studies must be synthesized
Researcher must do high quality impact studies
Practice and policy must be documented
9
Some key players in the impact game
10
Politician/general public impact of
research Barriers
Enablers
  • Needs a story
  • Needs timeliness
  • Needs availability
  • High quality intermediate institutions

11
Media impact of research Barriers
Enablers
  • Needs a story
  • Needs clear statements
  • Needs them now
  • The media loves researchers
  • Strong social science tradition for participating
    in public debate

12
Public employee impact of research Barriers
Solutions
  • Dont necessarily miss research
  • Lack of strong critical appraisal skills
  • Strong tradition for freedom of choice of method
  • Tools for pushing research
  • More focus on continuing education
  • More collaboration between public employees and
    researchers

13
Social Scientist impact of research Barriers
Enablers
  • Few master high quality studies of the effect of
    interventions
  • Suspiciousness towards applied policy research
  • Suspiciousness towards generalization of results
  • Which interventions work needs to be combined
    with what works in dissemi-nation
    implimen-tation
  • More interdisciplinary collaboration
  • More research on transferability

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