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Evidence-Based Policy Making in the Social SciencesMethods That Matter$
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Gerry Stoker and Mark Evans

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447329367

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447329367.001.0001

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Citizen social science and policy making

Citizen social science and policy making

Chapter:
(p.207) Eleven Citizen social science and policy making
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Evidence-Based Policy Making in the Social Sciences
Author(s):

Liz Richardson

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447329367.003.0012

The author argues that there is a growing capacity in the social sciences to include people not as subjects but as active participants in research. This approach has a complex history in the social sciences that needs to be understood, but it is emerging in a modern from as a viable technique for discovery, especially among hard-to-reach groups. Examples of citizen science will be presented and the strengths and weaknesses of the technique explored.

Keywords:   social sciences, active participants, research, citizen science

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