Social Science and Social Policy

Social Science and Social Policy

by R . Lance Shotland, Melvin M. Mark


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This book examines the role of the social sciences in shaping and evaluating social policy. It considers the past, present and potential role of the social sciences in policy creation, implementation, and evaluation processes. The authors present a considerable range of opinions about the ability of the social sciences to provide useful information is presented. The common view is that the social sciences can contribute to policy-making processes to a modest extent.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803921603
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 03/01/1985
Pages: 380
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Melvin M. Mark is professor of psychology at the Pennsylvania State University, where he also is Head of the Department of Psychology. He has served as President of the American Evaluation Association (AEA). He was Editor of the American Journal of Evaluation (and is now Editor Emeritus). A social psychologist, Dr. Mark has wide ranging interests related to the theory, methodology and practice of evaluation, as well as a general interest in the application of social psychology to evaluation and applied social research. Dr. Mark’s awards include the American Evaluation Association’s Lazarsfeld Award for Contributions to Evaluation Theory. He is author of more than 125 articles and chapters in books. Among his books are Evaluation: An integrated framework for understanding, guiding, and improving policies and programs and the co-edited volumes Social Science and Social Policy; SAGE Handbook of Evaluation; What Counts as Credible Evidence in Applied Research and Evaluation Practice; Evaluation in Action: Interviews with Expert Evaluators; and Social Psychology and Evaluation.

Table of Contents

Leigh S Shaffer and Stephanie A Shields Carolyn Wood Sherif
A Memorial Note R Lance Shotland and Melvin M Mark Introduction Part One
General Issues Thomas D Cook Post Positivist Critical Multiplism Lee Sechrest Social Science and Social Policy
Will our Numbers ever be Good Enough? Milbrey Wallin Mc Laughlin Implementation Realities and Evaluation Design Thomas F Pettigrew Can Social Scientists be Effective Actors in the Policy Arena? Part Two
Policy Areas Marylee C Taylor Science and Politics in Affirmative Action Research Pamela Stone Cain The Role of the Social Sciences in the Comparable Worth Movement Henry M Levin Can the Social Sciences Solve the Problem of Unemployment? Robert G St Pierr
Conclusions Melvin M Mark and R Lance Shotland Toward More Useful Social Science

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