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All you need to know about whiplash fraud - in 90 minutes…

An hour and half of Parliamentary time on the afternoon of Wednesday 18 November was set aside to debate on personal injury fraud. As is the case when the topic arises, there was a good deal of hot air and disagreement over the detail of the statistics quoted in the market. 513 more words


Nov 9/15: OPPS: The Record Off the Record: Ad Hoc Committees

P1: Disclaimer / Backgrounder
P2: Operations Policy and Planning  Standing Committee Report
P3: SD61 Applicable Bylaws / Standing Committees / BC School Boards Letters Link… 3,585 more words

October 19/15: Board Meeting: The Record Off The Record: Kindergarten "Program of Choice" Extended

P1: Disclaimer / Backgrounder
P2: Standing Committee / Board Meeting Report
P3: FYI: Ministry Protocol for Students With Severe Behaviour Challenge – Severe Mental Illness  /  How to Access Letters from all BC School Boards… 6,809 more words

Social casino gaming and adolescents: Should we be concerned and is regulation in sight?

While gambling has traditionally been viewed as an adult activity, there is a growing body of research that a significant number of adolescents are not only gambling but are experiencing gambling related problems. 95 more words


Lorraine Kerr

Title: President

Company: New Zealand School Trustees Association

Location: Wellington, New Zealand

Ms. Kerr was elected as president six years ago when the term of office was a two years. 185 more words

Business Administration

... The Coin of the Realm is Trust [#governance]...

.. and the ObamaCraps have pissed it all away , in a very big way …

.. we generally trust government to do what is right . 103 more words

Personal Opinion

A Skeptical Note on Policy-Prescriptive Political Science

My sometimes-colleague Michael Horowitz wrote a great piece for War on the Rocks last week on what “policy relevance” means for political scientists who study international affairs, and the different forms that relevance can take. 567 more words

Michael Horowitz

alixrgreen reblogged this on thehistoricalimperative and commented:

work shedJay Ulfelder's recent 'skeptical note' on the 'actionability' of political science research makes some essential points about the problematic assumptions underpinning policy recommendations. In Britain, the Blairite manifesto pitch 'what counts is what works' subdues the complexities of research method that might, at best, conclude 'what works here' (with further caveats about target population and other central aspects of the design). I'm not sure, however, that scholars of any discipline should therefore refrain from proposing recommendations or, even more cautiously, withdraw from offering expert advice. One of the important problems Ulfelder identifies is the uncertainties that are involved in the space between research and policy. How can a scholar answer the 'so what?' question that follows from any finding?  There are two issues that we can unpack here. The first is the inevitability, indeed, the necessity, of uncertainty. Policy is messy, unstable and contested because it involves human beings and their beliefs, habits, commitments, decisions and relationships - in the exercise of power, the exertion of influence, in policy implementation and debate. Instead of searching for the definitive research design to address all the assumptions about the transferability of findings - or indeed, just leaving it to 'elected officials and bureaucrats' to do the interpretation - we should be bringing together different disciplines with complementary insights. Given the uncertainties of anything involving human beings, the humanities need to be in there too, rather than ignored as irrelevant, if not ornamental. The other issue is the 'so what?' question. I agree it's hard for scholars to come up with policy recommendations, but that's at least in part due to their lack of experience of policymaking in practice. In the UK, there is far less interchange between higher education and government than in the USA and the academic career is still pretty intolerant of periods spent in other settings, something that needs to change. Taking a look over the fence and trying to prescribe policy interventions based on research designed for academic purposes seems foolish at best, if not rather arrogant as well as misguided. Humanities scholars may be largely ignored, but we can often be too concerned to preserve our integrity by not allowing policy concerns to 'sully' our work. This seems a rather self-defeating formula. Policymakers don't get access to an ecosystem of expertise. Scholars remain on the far side of the fence lamenting the intellectual illiteracy of political rhetoric and decision-making. But does it need to be this way? I don't think so. But there's no easy policy prescription for fixing it, as it involves major shifts in perspective among scholars - towards actively looking for cross-disciplinary approaches - and in policy communities that often have limited conceptions of 'relevant' evidence. Being honest in response to a request for expert advice is not just about admitting the limits of one's own expertise but also the limits of one's own discipline. It's the mix that matters, but it's not easy for the expert to admit it.