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Reviewing the evidence: reflections from experience

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Clare BambraORCiD



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Evidence-based policy (EBP), along with the 'systematic review', has recently emerged as a prominent strand within social science and public policy research. A number of articles have heralded this emergence but the vast majority are theoretical and concerned with how EBP research could be practised. This article reflects on the author's experiences of identifying and reviewing evidence on the effectiveness of labour market interventions aimed at people with a disability or a chronic illness, to demonstrate some of the methodological challenges and practical problems that arise from the actual conduct of EBP research.

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Author(s): Bambra C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice

Year: 2005

Volume: 1

Issue: 2

Pages: 243-256

Print publication date: 01/05/2005

Date deposited: 24/01/2017

ISSN (print): 1744-2648

ISSN (electronic): 1744-2656

Publisher: Policy Press


DOI: 10.1332/1744264053730752


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