Peer-Reviewed Journal Details
Mandatory Fields
Millar; M, Crosse, R, Canavan, J,
Evidence And Policy: A Journal Of Research, Debate And Practice
Understanding, negotiating and navigating the politicisation of evidence-based policy research:The case of Irish research on lone parent labour market activation policy.
In Press
Optional Fields
Policy Based Evidence, Ireland, Research(er) Deficit, Lone Parents
Utilising a case study of EBP commissioned by government we explore how academic outputs can serve several purposes depending on the political milieu and the values and ideologies of any given party. In the context of significant policy change for lone parents in Ireland which saw the introduction of labour market activation our commissioned research was being carried out. The research was initially used by the then Government to appease the opposition to the highly emotive policy change. Following a general election, Opposition and Advocacy groups called on policy-makers to acknowledge the report they had commissioned. Concepts of research(er) deficit, normative reality and a shifting 'policy agora' are explored to highlight how the political context shaped the uptake of the research findings. We followed the debate by drawing on publicly available documentary evidence relevant to the policy of lone parent activation in Ireland from pertinent parliamentary and committee debates involving all stakeholders, that is the Government, civil servants, Opposition and advocacy groups, to ascertain what happened with the research and why did it happen. Attention is given to the consequences of producing outputs that diverge with political values and ideologies, whereby research can be subject to manipulation to discredit and invalidate findings.
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Grant Details
Social Protection Research Innovation Award 2014)
Publication Themes
Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy