The limitations of quantitative social science for informing public policy – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice

ABSTRACT

Quantitative social science (QSS) has the potential to make an important contribution to public policy. However it also has a number of limitations. The aim of this paper is to explain these limitations to a non-specialist audience and to identify a number of ways in which QSS research could be improved to better inform public policy.

SOURCE: Jerrim, John and  de Vries, Robert, “The limitations of quantitative social science for informing public policy”, Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, Volume 13, Number 1, January 2017, pp. 117-133(17)

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