Publications

Various RURU and RURU-related publications can be accessed under the headings above. These publications are grouped under the type of publication and are listed in date order, with the more recent publications at the top.

Two key RURU publications are 'Using Evidence'' and 'What Works?'.


Nutley SM Walter I and Davies HTO (2007).
Using Evidence: How research can inform  public services.
Bristol: Policy press.

This book draws together current knowledge about how research gets used and how this can be encouraged and improved.

Anyone who has ever written or uttered the words ‘evidence-based policy’ should read this outstanding book. So should anyone else who has hopes for increasing the rationality of policy or practice through reference to systematic inquiry. The volume unpacks the meanings and assumption embedded in ‘evidence-based policy’, illustrates its successes and shortfalls, looks at alternative perspectives on the junction of research and practice, and suggests documented ways to improve the engagement of research with policy and practice. This sophisticated book will challenge some current beliefs and offer better grounded and more realistic aspirations.
Carol H Weiss, Beatrice B Whiting Professor Emerita, Harvard Graduate School of Education, US


Davies HTO, Nutley SM and Smith PC (eds) (2000).
What Works? Evidence-based policy and practice in public services.
Bristol: Policy Press.

This book provides accounts of the role of evidence in eight specific public policy areas, using experts in each field to explore the creation, dissemination and use of evidence within each.

“If anything is going to turn policy makers into ‘smart users’ of research evidence it is this book. It uncovers the difficult questions behind the commitment of ‘evidence-based policy’…”
Graham Leicester, then Director of Scottish Council Foundation.

“Evidence-based policy is a key component of the government’s modernisation agenda, and this book helpfully dissects what it means… There is a compelling call for a more eclectic and pluralist, while rigorous, approach to what constitutes ‘evidence’ which should be heard by policy makers and researchers alike.”
Professor Sue Richards, then at University of Birmingham.