Welcome: Trials in Public Policy:Training in pragmatic social interventions  

This web resource was designed & developed to increase awareness and knowledge concerning trial-based designs (such as randomised controlled trials) for use in evaluating social and policy interventions, with a specific focus on the North East of England and surrounding areas 

Objectives

 This web resource developed to increase awareness and knowledge concerning trial-based designs (such as randomised controlled trials) for use in evaluating social and policy interventions, with a specific focus on the North East of England and surrounding areas. The project team assisted students, new and established researchers, practitioners, consultancy and commercial enterprises, government departments and NGOs in the design, conduct, analysis, reporting and critique of their own trials. The policy areas covered by participants included criminal justice, housing, demography, health promotion, education, sociology, psychology, economics, linguistics, policy studies, women's studies, nursing, social work, information systems, food safety, and politics. The materials concerning these areas are included in this web resource for current and future public policy researchers. The team also raised debates about the feasibility of trial methods for policy evaluation, created sustainable resources for those wishing to learn about or conduct trials, and linked up with international expertise and developments.

Authors

People who originated and developed this resource were based in the University of York. The original authors of this resource were Stephen Gorard (PI) and Dr Carole Torgerson (Co-Investigator) who were based in the University of York. They along with the support team at York worked actively on the resource site until December 2007. The ReStore team will remain intouch with the principal investigator concerning further updates and maintenance of this resource in the future.

Original Project

This project was designed to increase awareness and knowledge concerning trial-based designs (such as randomised controlled trials) for use in evaluating social and policy interventions, with a specific focus on the North East of England and surrounding areas. We assisted students, new and established researchers, practitioners, consultancy and commercial enterprises, government departments and NGOs in the design, conduct, analysis, reporting and critique of their own trials. The policy areas covered by participants included criminal justice, housing, demography, health promotion, education, sociology, psychology, economics, linguistics, policy studies, women’s studies, nursing, social work, information systems, food safety, and politics. We raised debates about the feasibility of trial methods for policy evaluation, created sustainable resources for those wishing to learn about or conduct trials, and linked up with international expertise and developments. 

Quick Summary

Trials in Public Policy:Training in pragmatic social interventions", supported by the ESRC RDI, aims

  • To provide a resource of information to students and new researchers on methodology on trials in public policy.
  • To provide and create activities through team of experts in the conduct of public policy interventions based across the UK and abroad, that include face-to-face and residential workshops, debates, internet discussions, web-based resources, published protocols in downloadable form, and methodological papers.
  • Exploring the randomised controlled trial (RCT) which is thought to be a very valuable research design in assessing the effectiveness of public policy interventions
  • Consider the merit of adapting an equivalent of the Consort Guidelines for reporting randomised controlled trials in social science
  Rationale of the Project

Classification

Evaluation Research :: Observation :: Qualitative Approaches (general) ::

ReStoration date

This web resource has been restored on:2010-11-21

Last updated:

This web resource has been updated on:2012-06-01