ERIC Number: EJ784703
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 54
From Research to Policy and Back
Huston, Aletha C.
Child Development, v79 n1 p1-12 Jan-Feb 2008
Although science policy and social policy have distinct cultures, there are overlapping influences on both. Science policy decisions across the spectrum of basic and applied research are influenced by perceived social utility and the potential for solving current social problems. With the advent of evidence-based policy requirements, social policymakers increasingly use scientific information, although it constitutes only 1 factor in a mix of ideology, interests, and institutional constraints. The spread of early childhood intervention programs in the United States and elsewhere is one example in which strong, cumulative evidence has contributed to a policy consensus. Developmental scientists can contribute to better science policy and better social policy by strengthening the scientific quality of their evidence and communicating research-based knowledge more effectively.
Descriptors: Social Problems, Intervention, Public Policy, Scientific Research, Early Childhood Education, Child Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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