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Building Better Social Programs: How Evidence Is Transforming Public Policy

David Stoesz


Evidence-based policymaking has, in recent decades, become a focus of program innovation in social care, engaging foundations, universities, as well as state and federal governments. Rigorous research, epitomized by randomized controlled trials, has become the benchmark for demonstrating efficacy and efficiency in social programming. Building Better Social Programs situates evidence-based policymaking with respect to the welfare state, describes key organizations driving the evidence-based movement, and proposes innovations designed to extend benefits to the working class. Interviews with lead ... More

Keywords: evidence-based policy, randomized controlled trials, innovation in social care

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190945572
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190945572.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Stoesz, author
U.S. Expert in Social Welfare issues, Distinguished Chair in Applied Public Policy (Australia), Carnegie Mellon University