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ERIC Number: ED459965
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Understanding Research: Top Ten Tips for Advocates and Policymakers. Fact Sheet.
Schaefer, Stephanie A.
Noting that having research evidence to recommend or refute specific policy choices is especially relevant in this era of increased demand for accountability in human services and government, this fact sheet details 10 criteria with which to evaluate the worth of research reports. The 10 criteria or considerations are: (1) consider the source; (2) media are also sources to be evaluated; (3) has the research been published, and where? (4) research results are really about the topic "as measured," not as one may think it is; (5) different types of research have different strengths; (6) sampling is more important that sample size; (7) statistical significance explained; (8) research findings are about groups; (9) all research is not created equal; and (10) any one study is not the whole story. Most of these steps highlight portions of an "advocate's checklist," listing pertinent questions to ask about a given report. (HTH)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.
Authoring Institution: National Association of Child Advocates, Washington, DC.