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Conducting best practices research in public affairs


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  • Stephanie M. Myers
  • Hayden P. Smith
  • Lawrence L. Martin
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    Over the past decade a broad cross section of research has been carried out under the rubric of best practices (Bendixson and de Guchteneire, 2003). This article takes a closer look at best practices research and its application to the field of public affairs. First, two questions are addressed: what is best practice? And what is best practice research? Next, some of the major methodical criticisms of best practice research are addressed. The two major approaches (e.g. quantitative/microeconomic and qualitative/case study) to conducting best practices research are then identified and discussed. A recent qualitative/case study best practices research effort conducted by the Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Central Florida is then detailed. As part of this recitation, a tripartite schema to classify qualitative/case study approaches to best practices research is presented.

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    Article provided by Inderscience Enterprises Ltd in its journal Int. J. of Public Policy.

    Volume (Year): 1 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 367-378

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    Handle: RePEc:ids:ijpubp:v:1:y:2006:i:4:p:367-378

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    Keywords: best practice research; methodological issues; public affairs; qualitative approach; quantitative approach; public policy.;


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