Using Research to Inform Policy: The Case of Early Intervention
by Edward Zigler — 1991
Research and evaluation have become much more sophisticated and are better able to assess a program's multiple effects on multiple human systems. Theorists and researchers alike have realized how seriously their work and words are taken and are learning how to communicate with the media and to deliver their interpretations responsibly. They have also developed a more productive relationship with policymakers, as both science and policy have increasingly come to depend on one another. The evolution of the field of early childhood intervention illustrates the interconnection between theory, research, and policy and the problems that occur when any one of these elements is out of step with the others.
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