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If you are an instructor interested in making family policy come alive for undergraduate and graduate students, check out the third edition of Karen Bogenschneider’s book, Family Policy Matters: How Policymaking Affects Families and What Professional Can Do. This best-selling text integrates the latest research and cutting-edge practice to make an evidence-based case for family policy. It uses examples from around the globe to explain how families support society and how policies support families. The book also moves beyond analysis to action with pragmatic processes and procedures for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of policies by viewing them through the lens of family impact.
Highlights of the new edition include:
A revised instructor’s manual provides innovative teaching aides guaranteed to engage today’s digital generation:
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Evidence-Based Policymaking: Insights from Policy-Minded Researchers and Research-Minded Policymakers provides an insider’s view of what policymakers are like and how the policymaking process really works. Through a series of in-depth interviews with researchers, policymakers, and intermediaries who serve between the two, the authors provide insight into why researchers and policymakers do not easily interact and, when they do, why the communication is often strained. The book draws insights from some of the best and brightest informants from the research and policy communities about about how to bridge the research/policy divide. Readers will learn the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and approaches needed to take research findings from the laboratory to legislative bodies.