‘Nothing as Practical as a Good Theory’. RAY PAWSON [email protected] The Talk’s Tasks. Some new roles for theory in evidence based policy Systematic Review Knowledge Transfer Dealing with Complexity. Programmes are ‘theories’. ‘Dishy-David-Beckham-theory’
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Some new roles for theory in evidence based policy
‘Interviewer: But do you think the fact that these good-looking blokes are footballers has any effect on girls' attitude to playing football?
Girl: No, I think it has more effect on them watching football, well not the football - the guys (general laughter and agreement)’.
Identify high-risk released sex offenders and create valid and reliable registers
Issue bulletins, press releases, call meeting to identify released offenders to their community
Community joins with police and probation to increase surveillance of suspicious behaviour
Community actions shame offenders and decrease opportunity of further offence
6could potentially respond to community notification
12 stranger predatory offences
136serious sex offences
6offender from out of state
24 known to victim
100 no previous offence
Petrosino & Petrosino
Pre-intervention sample sex recidivism 22%
Post-intervention sample sex recidivism 19%
Pre-intervention sample arrest slow
Post- intervention sample arrest significantly quicker
Schram & Milloy
“The Law is an unfunded mandate”
“Special Bulletin Notification added more work to already over-worked agents”
“There is more pressure to baby sit with SBN cases simply because they are SBN cases”
Zevitz and Farkas
Rather than focusing on individual programs, as is now done, or even collections of programs grouped according to major ‘purpose’ as is frequently proposed, the suggestion here is that we should concentrate on the generic tools of government action that come to be used, in varying combinations in particular public programs.
Lester M Salamon 1981
How Incentives Fare:
A significant proportion of charitable poor relief, intended for basic nutrition and child welfare, was paid over as ‘death money’ to be used for the extravagant funerals of family members. The neighbours would talk if their wasn’t a “fine layout”.
“I kind of considered it like getting twenty bucks from grandmother. It’s 20 free dollars…. Your going to go blow it on something…. I never really needed it essentially but it was always useful.”
L. Anderson et al
“The response incentive lies in the middle ground between more subtle concepts of helping behaviour and naked economic self interest”
K. Warriner et al
COMPLEXITY Office talk
New Deal for Communities - The Implementation Chain
Policy Architects Practitioners Subjects
Social exclusion Social mobilisation Organisational Programme