research methods

Paper that compares deliberative research to more traditional methods of studying the values of the general public, such as in-depth interviewing, attitudinal surveys, and participatory approaches, and reveals that deliberative designs involve a number of assumptions, including a strong fact/value distinction, an emphasis on ‘outsider’ expertise, and a view of participants as essentially similar to each other rather than defined by socio-demographic differences.

One study investigated the quality of effectiveness reviews in health promotion. This topic is included in the EPPI-Centre knowledge library. The Knowledge Pages facility enables users to search for the key messages within specific subject areas to which EPPI-Centre reviews have contributed.

This report combines a review of relevant literature with an in-depth look at research practice to examine the extent to which socially diverse populations have been, or might be, reflected in research. The report had a focus on health promotion and public health research with children and young people but its key messages are relevant to research in all topics with a range of age groups.

Report of a study which attempted to improve understanding of the role of post-industrial decline on the health of Scotland through making comparisons between Scotland and other areas of Europe which have experienced a similar process of industrialisation and de-industrialisation.

Report of a study which aimed to describe and critically appraise the procedures followed by the National Probation Service to identify and intervene with offenders who have alcohol problems.

Report examining seven case studies of initiatives designed to effect attitudinal, behavioural or policy change, e.g. youth smoking prevention, in order to discover what methods or lessons could be transferred from the case studies to approaches to tackling alcohol harm in the UK.

This report presents findings from a qualitative research project carried out as part of a wider evaluation of Jobcentre Plus Pathways to Work. The study was conducted in 2007 and 2008 to explore referral practices and liaison amongst Jobcentre Plus staff and service providers involved in helping incapacity benefits recipients move towards, and into, paid employment. The study was led by the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York in collaboration with the Policy Studies Institute and the National Centre for Social Research.

Guidance intended to assist health and social care professionals who are involved in dealing with parents of children with conduct disorders. It advises on all aspects of organising and running education programmes for parents.

This is the fifth in a series of monographs related to recovery management. It looks at the scientific rationale for addiction treatment systems transformation including acute-care and recovery management models of addiction treatment; recovery focused performance measures; findings from studies of addiction treatment; promising practices to improve long-term recovery outcomes and suggests measures to evaluate addiction treatment.

This report on the consultation "Safe and secure homes for our most vulnerable children" accompanies Insight 30 and provides a robust analysis of all responses using both quantitative and qualitative analytical approaches.