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Election silly season: is research an ornament, a luxury good or ammunition in a war?

Chris Brown As with many things in our Western consumer culture, research use may be conceived as an act of consumption. Correspondingly, research is often treated by its users as they would a consumer object, much like a coffee maker

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TAs: only a research-policy-practice trialogue will lead to evidence-based policy-making

Rob Webster The economists are at it again! This time last year, the Reform think tank outlined cost-saving measures that, it claimed, could be made without damaging pupils’ education. Chief among them was cutting the number of teaching assistants (TAs)

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Time to re-think the unthinkable: how can we get our research messages discussed by politicians?

Chris Brown The party conference season is a useful barometer for those who champion the more widespread use of evidence within policy making. Among the announcements and denouncements, we start to get an understanding of the gamut of policy positions

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