Increasingly, practitioners and policy makers are demanding research evidence as a basis for funding programs and policies. The application of research to society has undergone several transitions, from a scholarly emphasis on the experimental method to an attempt to disseminate research and contribute to social policy. Policy makers have emphasized accountability and now evidence-based practices. Although developmental scholars should be pleased that policy makers want evidence, scholars need to examine the assumptions of evidence-based programming and continue to refine how evidence should be used to decide which services to fund. In addition, we propose a more collaborative strategy to promote evidence-based policies in general.
McCall, Robert B.; Groark, Christina J.; and Nelkin, Robert P.
"Integrating Developmental Scholarship and
Society: From Dissemination and
Accountability to Evidence-Based
Programming and Policies,"
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Vol. 50
, Article 10.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/mpq/vol50/iss3/10