And the question is? Knowledge growth in welfare policy research
This study examines how federally sponsored research questions about welfare policy have evolved from 1981 to 2001, through a content analysis of Requests for Proposals (RFPs). We treat the RFP as a document that identifies what information is sought as well as what is treated as established knowledge. Results show that research questions represent a mixture of constancy and change. The greatest similarity in research questions is in the areas of employment and earnings/income, with greater variability in the areas of family formation and child outcomes. The research questions, notwithstanding their sophisticated terminology, often boil down to who the poor are, how welfare recipients can be coaxed or forced into the labor market, whether fundamental work supports such as health insurance and reliable childcare are helpful in sustaining employment, and whether welfare is implicated in pregnancy, marital behavior and multi-generational poverty. We interpret these findings in relation to concepts on research utilization. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLP 2007
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- Bas Arts & Jan Tatenhove, 2004. "Policy and power: A conceptual framework between the â€˜oldâ€™ and â€˜newâ€™ policy idioms," Policy Sciences, Springer, vol. 37(3), pages 339-356, December.
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