Research for Action

Research for Action : Cross-national perspectives on connecting knowledge, policy, and practice for children

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Across the social welfare and human services fields, interest is growing in how to apply research to influence policy and practice; simultaneously, with globalization's advance, it is clearer than ever that an international perspective is vital in understanding how social, political, and institutional contexts affect research and dissemination practices. This volume, with contributions from an array of eminent researchers and practitioners, provides valuable insight into effective research practice and the factors involved in putting research findings to use. Leading with experience - narratives of six child welfare case studies from the UK, Ireland, Israel, South Africa, and the US - the book frames those cases in the context of relevant literatures to build up a cross-case analysis that distills lessons, throws enduring questions into relief, and lays a foundation for informing future practice. It mines the cross-national experience to develop perspective for a better understanding of the importance of different policy and cultural environments, while nonetheless emphasizing issues that are applicable across borders. The ground prepared by the case studies allows the volume to tease out themes and lessons, placing the empirical findings against relevant theoretical frameworks and developing guidelines for improving research practice in this more

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  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 22.86mm | 430.91g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 7 line illustrations
  • 0195314085
  • 9780195314083

Review quote

..".ambitious in its scope...The text is very relevant to child welfare researchers and policy students. The cross-cutting themes and lessons and the analysis of researcher roles, relationships, and engagement styles are valuable contributions to the research on cross-sectoral governance, which has up to this point largely ignored child welfare policy as a focus."--Reviewed by Ann Reyes Robbins, University of Southern California, in Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare"Chaskin, Rosenfeld, their contributors, and their constituent research centers (in particular, Chapin Hall Center for Children), have produced a useful, readable, and overall hopeful volume that faithfully recounts some solid beginning efforts at what one hopes will become a more expansive and accessible cross-national conversation on enhancing and improving services for vulnerable children and their families. For this promising early accounting, the reader is in their debt."--Social Service Reviewshow more

About Robert J. Chaskin

Robert Chaskin is Professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago and Chapin Hall Center for Children. Jona Rosenfeld is Gordon Brown Professor (Emeritus), Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Senior Advisor/Head of Unit of Learning from Success, Myers-JDC-Brookdale Instituteshow more

Table of contents

1. Mapping the Terrain ; 2. Researching Family Support and Children's Services Planning in Northern Ireland ; 3. From Fieldwork to Facts to Firearms Control: Research and Advocacy Towards Stricter Firearms Control Legislation in South Africa ; 4. The Development and Use of Data for Child Welfare System Reform ; 5. The Relationship between Research and Practice in Implementing the RAF Method for Quality Assurance in Residential Settings for Children in Israel ; 6. Research-Based Practice Tools to Improve Child Welfare Services in England: Using the Going Home? Practice Tool to Support the Effective Reunification of Families ; 7. Some Lessons Learned?: A Case Study of Research Dissemination to Young People in Care ; 8. Research, Dissemination, and Impact: Issues, Lessons, and Future Directions ; 9. Charting a Course for Fuller Engagement: Toward a Framework for Actionshow more