Impact Validity as a Framework for Advocacy-Based Research, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1118890604
  • ISBN-13: 9781118890608
  • DDC: 302.5
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 189 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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This issue introduces a new framework for thinking about research from the standpoint of usable knowledge. Impact Validity is the extent to which research has the potential to play a role in social and political change or is useful as a tool for advocacy or activism. A series of articles have been collected for this issue that exemplify the intersection of science, activism/ advocacy, and social change. These articles highlight the ways in which others have strategically grounded their research in the advocacy needs of the social/political issue they are trying to influence, and the various decisions throughout the research process that have had a bearing on its potential to be useful in addressing social problems. These decisions, which rarely receive systematic attention, take central stage.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
1: Introducing “Impact Validity”.
2: Application of Empirical Research Findings in Public Health Advocacy: Focus on Maternal, Child, and Reproductive Health.
3: Pathways Housing First for Homeless Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities: Program Innovation, Research, and Advocacy.
4: Public Engagement, Knowledge Transfer, and Impact Validity.
5: Advocacy Research in Harm Reduction Drug Policies.
6: New York City's Struggle Over Syringe Exchange: A Case Study of the Intersection of Science, Activism, and Political Change.
7: Researching the War on Terror in Swat Valley, Pakistan: Grapplings with the Impact on Communities and the Transnational Knowledge Industry.
8: An Approach to Scholarly Impact through Strategic Engagement in Community-Based Research.
9: Memoscopio: Producing Usable and Collectively Owned Knowledge about the World March for Peace and Nonviolence.
10: How Much Punishment Is Enough? Designing Participatory Research on Parole Policies for Persons Convicted of Violent Crimes.
11: Impact Validity: A Politics of Possibilities.