Strathy PhD Politics Workshop

An occasional meeting for Government and Public Policy postgrads to share knowledge and research

Workshop #4 (March 2017)


Literature Review: Evidence-based Policy-making in Education
Larry Forde (laurence.forde@strath.ac.uk)

Larry’s presentation will outline his literature review, undertaken on the broad theme of evidence-based policy-making in education. The current working title is:

“Mapping the ‘what works’ discourse:  policy analysis and education research perspectives on evidence-based education policy-making”

In addition to his own findings, he will detail the process he used to carry out the task. The aim of his review was to explore and map the continuing debate about the relationship between academic research and education policy-making.  Four more specific questions were devised to help guide the process.

  • How are the terms ‘what works’ and ‘evidence-based policy-making’ (EBPM) defined or understood in the literature?
  • What influences underscored the resurgence of ‘what works’ and evidence based approaches to policy-making?
  • What are the education research and political science arguments for and against the use of ‘what works’ and evidence-based approaches to policy making?
  • What theoretical perspectives are used or developed in the literature to support ‘what works’ and EBPM research?

Unstructured discussion

The format of the workshop will be open for discussion at the end of the session. Topics for future sessions and other suggestions are encouraged.

Fraser is particularly interested in participants’ opinions on using the workshop as a peer “clinic” for various research challenges. Research presentations will continue to be the main purpose of the workshop, but it may also be useful if portions are reserved for less formal discussion of individuals’ specific difficulties.


Workshop #3 Programme (June 2016)

Tuesday 7th June, 5PM.

Location
Lord Hope, 230.



Peer evaluation (research design)

Open Government Data: Context, Effects and Use
Maria Zuffova (maria.zuffova@strath.ac.uk)

A worldwide trend towards the publication of “open government data” (OGD) has been observed in recent years. Despite the lofty ambitions of advocates, however, the variation in OGD practices and its political effects are not well understood. Maria aims to investigate the conditions in which this kind of data is typically made available and who it is used by. She has submitted a full draft research design, but would particularly like feedback on the “research objectives” section. Those with limited time to read can find the relevant discussion from page 6 onwards.

Full research design available here and in the StrathCloud folder.

Project pitch

An Election Pledge Tracker for the Scottish Parliament
Fraser McMillan (fraser.mcmillan@strath.ac.uk)

Fraser will briefly pitch a project to track the Scottish Government’s progress on its manifesto pledges. Though linked to his primary research interest, it is unrelated to his PhD thesis. The project will require a handful of paid coders, and workshop participants will be offered the option to register their interest in the event that funding becomes available and the project goes ahead.

Draft proposal document available here and in the StrathCloud folder. The Canadian project can be found on the POLTEXT website.

Unstructured discussion

The format of the workshop will be open for discussion at the end of the session. Topics for future sessions and other suggestions are encouraged.


For further information please contact fraser.mcmillan@strath.ac.uk

Workshop #2 Programme (May 2016)

Time
Tuesday 3th May, 5PM.

Location
Lord Hope, 230.



Research presentation

New trends in EU cohesion policy governance: the case of financial instruments
Claudia Gloazzo (claudia.gloazzo@strath.ac.uk)

Claudia is interested in the increasing use of financial instruments (FI) to deliver EU cohesion policy. These FI are characterised by two particular innovations, which involve new actors and governance relations in the process. Claudia’s research concerns the impact of these developments on the performance of FI in the context of cohesion policy. The presentation will focus on the methodological challenges presented by the topic.

Full abstract text here.

Research presentation

Immigration and political parties: Britain since 1997
Kenny Stevenson (kenneth.stevenson@strath.ac.uk)

Scholars have observed an apparent mismatch between citizen preferences and government outputs on immigration in Britain since the election of Blair’s New Labour. The extent to which this is the result of ideological differences between voters and elites is unclear, partly because migration studies and public opinion are studied in methodological and empirical isolation from one another. Kenny will present his research framework, outlining how he intends to bridge this gap.

Full abstract text here.

Unstructured discussion

The format of the workshop will be open for discussion at the end of the session. Topics for future sessions and other suggestions are encouraged.


For further information please contact fraser.mcmillan@strath.ac.uk

Workshop #1 Programme (March 2016)

Time
Tuesday 8th March, 5PM.

Location
Livingston Tower, 206.



Peer evaluation (research design)

Industry Influence: Party Finance and Public Policy Implications
Peter Wilson (peter.wilson@strath.ac.uk)

Document available for download here and in the shared StrathCloud folder.

Peter has submitted this research design for his annual review, and has kindly agreed to share it for discussion in the workshop. His research question is currently “does industry exert influence on the regulatory policy of the main political parties in Britain?” He is most interested in feedback concerning measurement, particularly of his dependent variable. For those with limited time to read, the relevant discussion can be found on pages 7 to 9 of the document.

Research presentation

Replicating the Saliency Approach to Democratic Linkage: Preliminary Findings.
Fraser McMillan (fraser.mcmillan@strath.ac.uk)

Presentation available here and on StrathCloud.

Fraser will introduce participants to the saliency approach, a theory of democratic linkage and method of measuring the programme-to-policy linkage. One of his thesis chapters part-replicates the approach using new data, and he will present his methods, data and some initial findings on the topic.

Unstructured discussion

The format of the workshop will be open for discussion at the end of the session. Topics for future sessions and other suggestions are encouraged.


 

For further information please contact fraser.mcmillan@strath.ac.uk