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key messages We have increased evidence-informed decision-making through a combination of workshops and mentorships This combination has been needs-driven, flexible, carefully timed, successful in securing relevant expertise and founded on a strong investment in relationships Background Evidence-informed decision making (EIDM) refers to the consideration of multiple sources of information, including the best available evidence before making a decision to plan, implement, and (where relevant) alter policies, programmes, and other services

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137 Evidence & Policy • vol 10 • no 1 • 137-59 • © Policy Press 2014 • #EVPOL Print ISSN 1744 2648 • Online ISSN 1744 2656 • sources and resources What’s new In this Sources & Resources, we take note of two journal special issues, on the English CLAHRC initiative and on systematic reviews of complex information; we then report on the UK National Information Structure. A short research report, Enhancing policymakers’ capacity for evidence-informed policy making through mentorship: A reflection on the Nigeria

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Building Lifelong Value from Your University Investment
Editor: Maria L. Gallo

Are you a college or university graduate?

Do you support students looking ahead to life after graduation? Are you curious about how your alumni network can benefit your life? Does the alumni strategy in your organization need inspiration?

This enlightening, original book reimagines graduates’ alumni status as a gateway to immense opportunities through professional and personal networks. To discover this alumni potential, Maria L. Gallo guides you through the four key traits of the 'Alumni Way’: reflection, curiosity, passion and generosity.

With a sound academic foundation, combined with practical activities and checklists, 'The Alumni Way' is the ultimate resource for inspiring savvy, active alumni citizens of the world.

The Alumni Way Workbook is also available. Visit

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Volume 3: Creativity and Ethics
Editors: Helen Kara and Su-ming Khoo

As researchers continue to adapt, conduct and design their research in the presence of COVID-19, new opportunities to connect research creativity and ethics have opened up. Researchers around the world have responded in diverse, thoughtful and creative ways–adapting data collection methods, fostering researcher and community resilience, and exploring creative research methods.

This book, part of a series of three Rapid Responses, explores dimensions of creativity and ethics, highlighting their connectedness. It has three parts: the first covers creative approaches to researching. The second considers concerns around research ethics and ethics more generally, and the final part addresses different ways of approaching creativity and ethics through collaboration and co-creation.

The other two books focus on Response and Reassessment, and Care and Resilience. Together they help academic, applied and practitioner-researchers worldwide adapt to the new challenges COVID-19 brings.

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A life in family sociology
Author: Julia Brannen

From the vantage point of forty years in social research and the study of families, Julia Brannen offers an invaluable account of how research is conducted and ‘matters’ at particular times. This fascinating work covers key developments in the field that remain of vital concern to society and demonstrates how social research is an art as well as a science – a process that involves craft and creativity.

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Practice and policy developments

Tackling inequalities in health is an essential social work task. Every day, social workers grapple with the impact on people’s lives of the social inequalities that shape their health chances and experience. This book examines the relationship between social work and health inequalities in the context of globalisation.

Based on the practice expertise and research of social workers from developing and developed countries worldwide and using specific examples, this book:

· demonstrates the relevance of health inequalities to social work practice and policy across the lifecourse;

· analyses barriers to good health that result from global social, economic, environmental and political trends;

· develops core ideas on how social workers can act to combat negative effects of globalisation by adopting a health inequalities lens.

“Social work and global health inequalities” is a unique snapshot of a new global social work that is responsive to local conditions and circumstances but seeks partners in the international struggle for equity, rights and social justice.

This groundbreaking collection is essential reading for social work students, academics and researchers, and for policy makers, managers and social workers.

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An Attachment Perspective
Author: Chia-Huei Wu

What makes some people more likely to initiate positive change within their organizations? Can this behaviour be influenced by management?

Employee proactivity has largely been understood in terms of employees changing their environment or changing themselves. In this novel study Wu offers an alternative lens through which to examine such behaviour – the concept of attachment theory.

Wu integrates the current understanding of motivational factors in shaping proactive workers, through his introduction to attachment theory, and development of it as a theoretical framework.

This compelling approach provides academics with a new way of thinking about employee behaviour while also acting as a guide for practitioners and managers.

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Volume 2: Care and Resilience
Editors: Helen Kara and Su-ming Khoo

As researchers have begun to adapt to the continuing presence of COVID-19, they have also begun to reflect more deeply on fundamental research issues and assumptions. Researchers around the world have responded in diverse, thoughtful and creative ways – from adapting data collection methods to fostering researcher and community resilience, while also attending to often urgent needs for care.

This book, part of a series of three Rapid Responses, connects themes of care and resilience, addressing their common concern with wellbeing. It has three parts: addressing researchers’ wellbeing, considering participants’ wellbeing, and exploring care and resilience as a shared and mutually entangled concern.

The other two books focus on Response and Reassessment, and Creativity and Ethics. Together they help academic, applied and practitioner-researchers worldwide adapt to the new challenges COVID-19 brings.

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What is a mistake in social work and how can we turn it into a positive learning experience? Simply going over the events of the day is often not enough and can become overwhelming.

Learning from professional errors is, however, vital for successful reflective practice. This important book presents a theoretical framework that underpins this learning, along with a series of strategies for social workers to use either by themselves or as part of a group. These include creating questions and narratives to enhance learning, assertive techniques for receiving and offering criticism and organisational learning from mistakes.

With plenty of practice examples and questions for reflection, this is essential reading for both social work students, and practitioners and managers at all stages of their career.

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Scalecraft and education governance

Succeeding in the art of contemporary policymaking involves designing policies which reflect the deeply interconnected nature of political space. Nevertheless, policy continues to be articulated through age-old categories and hierarchies of scale. This book asks why scale occupies this enduring position of privilege in policymaking, highlighting how scales are far from ‘natural’ features of policy and that they are instead essential to the armoury of policy practice. Drawing on empirical data from the field of education governance, the book traces how scales are crafted and mobilised in policymaking practices, demonstrating that ‘scalecraft’ is key to understanding the production of hegemony.

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