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Subjective social indicators

Social indicators have teen defined by Land (1975) as "Statistics which measure social conditions and changes therein over time for various segments of a population. By Social Conditions we mean both the external (social and physical) and the...

Catalogue: Seminar 1978: Social Research in the Public Sector
Author: Tim H. Mobbs
December 1, 1978

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Public views and social policy

Social research can be seen as one way of establishing a closer link between public views and the decisions of policy makers. Its main advantage over other kinds of public participation in policy formulation is its ability to reflect a more...

Catalogue: Seminar 1978: Social Research in the Public Sector
Authors: Tim S. Bowles, Pamela Mills
December 1, 1978

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Social surveys in public decision-making

Social research has, this paper contends, a central role in public sector decision-making. It enables the public to participate directly in some decisions, and to exercise an important influence on others. Even when the public is not asked to...

Catalogue: Seminar 1978: Social Research in the Public Sector
Author: Barry M. Hedges
December 1, 1978

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Evaluation for democracy

Despite the recent rapid growth in applied social science, the results of that collaboration between research and policy-making have been disappointing (e.g. the American War on Poverty). Two British examples of national action-research experiments...

Catalogue: Seminar 1978: Social Research in the Public Sector
Authors: Tony F. Marshall, Suzan M. Fairhead, D. J.I. Murphy, S. C. Iles
December 1, 1978

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Improving the quality of life for ethnic minority groups

Although I wish to draw on research into ethnic minority groups for examples to demonstrate the hypotheses I wish to put, I see no reason why the same hypotheses need not apply equally to many other aspects of public sector social research. The...

Catalogue: Seminar 1978: Social Research in the Public Sector
Author: John Hanvey
Company: Harris Interactive (Europe)
December 1, 1978

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Predicting social change

This paper covers the role of the survey researcher as a social forecaster. Social indicators have been derived from a qualitative and quantitative survey research system now operating in 14 different countries. These indicators include self...

Catalogue: Seminar 1978: Social Research in the Public Sector
Author: Elizabeth H. Nelson
Company: KANTAR TNS Malaysia
December 1, 1978

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Social research on a major European problem

The British Department of the Environment is conducting a programme of 22 research projects on the problem of the regeneration of the inner areas of British cities. The IFF project with which the paper is concerned is on the expansion of employment...

Catalogue: Seminar 1978: Social Research in the Public Sector
Author: Andrew Robert McIntosh
December 1, 1978

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Social research as a means to participate in public decision-making Switzerland

Swiss citizens are expected to vote on six to ten weekends per year, of which four are reserved for national topics. Normally several themes are presented jointly as so-called "multi-packs". Abstention from the ballot-box is growing and reaches in...

Catalogue: Seminar 1978: Social Research in the Public Sector
Authors: Werner Ebersold, Hans-Peter Hertig
December 1, 1978

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Statistics on Britain's new towns and chief impact on opinion and decision making

The aim of this paper is to assess the impact of statistics relevant to quality of life on the climate of public opinion and decision making. Following this introduction and summary the paper has four sections. Section 2 gives some background...

Catalogue: Seminar 1978: Social Research in the Public Sector
Authors: Ray Thomas, Patricia Prescott-Clarke
December 1, 1978