Understanding employment barriers for lone parents in Great Britain: research gaps and missed opportunities

Haux, Tina (2013) Understanding employment barriers for lone parents in Great Britain: research gaps and missed opportunities. Social Policy and Administration, 47 (4). pp. 468-482. ISSN 1467-9515. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12030) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

A key feature of the previous Labour government in Britain was the large increase in government-sponsored research as part of its wider commitment to evidence-based policy-making. This article focuses on one area of government-sponsored research as a case study to examine the relationship between research evidence, policy ideas and programme evaluation. The case study chosen for this article is research on lone parents not in work commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions between 1997 and 2010. Following a brief review of the research, the main shortcomings in our understanding of the employment barriers for lone parents as well as the reasons for these shortcomings are identified and discussed. The reasons explaining the lack of progress are related to both the content of the research as well as the institutional set-up of research commissioning in government. The article concludes by drawing lessons from this case study to improve the quality and potential usefulness of research for policy-making in the short and medium term.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Social Policy
Depositing User: Tina Haux
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2016 08:48 UTC
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2016 13:53 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/59093 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Haux, Tina: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7140-019X
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