Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

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Professor Ray Pawson's Publications

Books

  • Pawson RD, Evidence-based policy: a realist perspective (London : Sage, 2006), xi, 196 pp

  • Pawson RD, Tilley N, Realistic Evaluation, 1/2/3/4 (Sage London, 1997), 1, xvii + 235p

  • Pawson RD, A Measure for Measures: A manifesto fo empirical sociology (London: Routledge, 1989), ix + 337p

Journal articles

  • Ward V, West R, Smith S, McDermott S, Keen J, Pawson R, House A, ‘The role of informal networks in creating knowledge among health-care managers: a prospective case study’, Health Services and Delivery Research, 2.12 (2014)
    DOI: 10.3310/hsdr02120, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/92126/

  • Pawson RD, Manzano-Santaella A, ‘A Realist Diagnostic Workshop’, Evaluation: international journal of theory, research and practice, 18.2 (2012), 176-191
    DOI: 10.1177/1356389012440912

  • Pawson RD, ‘Meccanismi invisibili: la lunga strada per il cambiamento comportamentale’, Sociologia E Ricerca Sociale, 97 (2012), 13-41

  • Monaghan MP, Pawson R, Wicker K, ‘The Precautionary Principle and Evidence-Based Policy Making’, Evidence and Policy, 8.2 (2012), 171-191

  • Greenhalgh T, Wong G, Westhorp G, Pawson RD, ‘Protocol - realist and meta-narrative evidence synthesis: Evolving Standards (RAMESES)’, BMC Medical Research Methodology, 11.15 (2011)
    DOI: 10.1186/1471-2288-11-115

  • Pawson RD, Wong G, Owen L, ‘Myths, facts and conditional truths: What is the evidence on the risks associated with smoking in cars carrying children?’, Canadian Medical Association Journal 2011
    DOI: 10.1503/cmaj.100903

  • Pawson RD, ‘From the Library of... Ray Pawson’, Evaluation, 17.1 (2011), 193-196

  • Pawson RD, Owen L, Wong G, ‘Known Knowns, Known Unknowns, Unknown Unknowns: The Predicament of Evidence-Based Policy’, American Journal of Evaluation 2011
    DOI: 10.1177/1098214011403831

  • Wong G, Pawson RD, Owen L, ‘Policy guidance on threats to legislative interventions in public health: a realist synthesis’, BMC Public Health 2011

  • Macfarlane F, Greenhalgh T, Humphrey C, Highes J, Butler C, Pawson RD, ‘A new workforce in the making? A case study of strategic human resource management in a whole-system change effort in healthcare’, Journal of Healthcare Organisation and Management, 25.1 (2011), 55-72

  • Pawson RD, Owen L, Wong G, ‘The Today Programme's contribution to evidence-based policy’, Evaluation, 16.2 (2010), 211-213

  • Pawson RD, Wong G, Owen L, ‘Legislating for health: locating the evidence’, Journal of Public Health Policy, 31.2 (2010), 164-177

  • Pawson R, Wong G, Greenhalgh T, ‘Internet-based medical education: a realist review of what works, for whom and in what circumstances’, BMC Medical Education, 10.12 (2010)
    DOI: 10.1186/1472-6920-10-12

  • Greenhalgh T, Humphrey C, Hughes J, Macfarlane F, Butler C, Pawson R, ‘How do you modernize a health service? A realist evaluation of whole-scale transformation in London’, Milbank Quarterly, 87.2 (2009), 391-416

  • Pawson RD, ‘Digging for Nuggets: How ‘Bad’ Research Can Yield ‘Good’ Evidence’, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 9.2 (2006), 127-142
    DOI: 10.1080/13645570600595314

  • Boaz A, Ashby D, Denyer D, Egan M, Harden A, Jones D, Pawson RD, Tranfield D, ‘A multitude of syntheses: a comparison of five approaches from diverse policy fields’, None, 2.4 (2006), 479-502

  • Pawson RD, Klein Haarhuis C, ‘Evaluatie van complexe programma's; een theoriegestuurde aanpak’, Boom Juridische Uitgevers, 31.8 (2006), 42-54

  • Pawson RD, Greenhalgh T, Harvey G, Walshe K, ‘Realist review - a new method of systematic review designed for complex policy interventions’, Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, 10.3 (2005), 21-34
    DOI: 10.1258/1355819054308530

  • Pawson RD, ‘Simple principles for the evaluation of complex programmes’, Cidades. Comunidades e Territorios, 8.1 (2005), 92-107

  • Pawson RD, ‘The ABC of Evaluation’, American Journal of Evaluation, 26.4 (2005), 582-583
    DOI: 10.1177/1098214005281421

  • Boaz A, Pawson RD, ‘The Perilous Road from Evidence to Policy: Five Journeys Compared’, Journal of Social Policy, 34.2 (2005), 175-194
    DOI: 10.1017/S0047279404008530

  • Pawson RD, Bellamy J, ‘Realist Synthesis: An Explanatory Focus for Systematic Review’, Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention, 4.3 (2004)

  • Pawson RD, ‘Nothing as Practical as a Good Theory’, Evaluation, 9.3 (2003), 309-321

  • Pawson RD, ‘Evidence-based Policy: The Promise of 'Realist Synthesis’, Evaluation, 8.3 (2002), 340-358
    DOI: 10.1177/135638902401462448

  • Pawson RD, ‘Evidence-based Policy: In search of a method’, Evaluation, ed. by Stern E, 8.2 (2002), 157-181
    DOI: 10.1177/1358902002008002512

  • Pawson RD, Tilley N, ‘Realistic Evaluation Bloodlines’, American Journal of Evaluation, ed. by Smith MFM, 22.3 (2001), 317-334

  • Pawson RD, ‘Middle-range Realism’, European Journal of Sociology, 41 (1999), 283-325

  • Pawson RD, Tilley N, ‘Cook-Book Methods and Disastrous Recipies’, Evaluation, 4 (1998), 211-213

  • Pawson RD, Tilley N, ‘Caring Communities, Paradigm, Polemics, Design Debates’, Evaluation, 4 (1998), 73-90

  • Pawson RD, ‘Wat Werkt Vooor Wie in Welke Omstrandigheden’, Basis-Info 1998

  • Duguid S, Pawson RD, ‘Education, Transformation and Change’, Evaluation Review 1998, 345-367

  • Pawson RD, ‘Theorizing the Interview’, British Journal of Sociology, 47 (1996), 296-314

  • Pawson RD, Tilley N, ‘What's Crucial in Evaluation: A Reply to Bennet Vol 34pp 574-579’, The British Journal of Criminology, 34 (1996), 574-579

  • Pawson RD, ‘Three Steps to Constructivist Heaven’, Evaluation, 2.213 - 220 (1996), 67-81

  • Pawson RD, Tilley N, ‘Whither (European) Evaluation Methodology?’, Knowledge and Policy, 8 (1996), 20-33

  • Pawson RD, ‘Quality and Quantity, Agency and Structure, Mechanism and Context, Dons and Cons’, Bulletin de Methodologie Sociologique, 47 (1995), 5-48

  • Pawson RD, Tilley N, ‘What Works in Evaluation Research?’, The British Journal of Criminology, 34 (1994), 291-306

  • Pawson RD, ‘Re-evaluation: Rethinking Research on Corrections and Crime’, Yearbook of Correctional Education 1992, 19-49

  • Pawson RD, ‘G.I.F.T.S. into G.R.A.N.T.S.: Student Projects and Success’, Social Science Teacher, 20 (1991), 58-59

  • Pawson RD, ‘Half-truths about Bias’, Sociology, 24 (1990), 229-240

  • Pawson RD, ‘On the Level: Measurement Scales and Sociological Theory’, Bulletin de Methodologie Sociologique, 11 (1986), 49-82

  • Pawson RD, ‘Language and Measurement’, British Journal of Sociology, 34 (1983), 491-497

  • Pawson RD, ‘Desperate Measures’, British Journal of Sociology, 13 (1982), 35-63

  • Pawson RD, ‘Empiricist Measurement Strategies’, Quality and Quantity, 14 (1980), 651-678

  • Pawson RD, ‘Empiricist Explanatory Strategies’, The Sociological Review, 26 (1979), 613-645

Chapters

  • Pawson R, Tilley N, ‘Realist Evaluation’, in Evidence-based Practice - Modernising the Knowledge Base of Social Work?, ed. by Otto H-U, Polutta A and Ziegler H (Germany: Barbara Budrich, 2009), 151-184

  • Pawson RD, ‘On the shoulders of Merton: Boudon as the modern guardian of middle-range theory’, in Raymond Boudon: A Life in Sociology, ed. by Cherkaoui M and Hamilton P (Oxford: Bardwell Press, 2009)

  • Pawson R, ‘Middle range theory and programme theory evaluation: From provenance to practice’, in Mind the Gap: Perspectives on Policy Evaluation and the Social Sciences, ed. by Vaessen J and Leeuw F (New Jersey: Transaction Press, 2009)

  • Pawson RD, Sridharan S, ‘Theory-driven evaluation of public health programmes’, in Evidence-Based Public Health: Effectiveness and Efficiency, ed. by Killoran A and Kelly A (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009), 43-62

  • Pawson R, ‘Method mix, technical hex, theory fix’, in Mixed Methods Research: Advances in Theory and Applications, ed. by Bergman M (London: Sage, 2008)

  • Pawson RD, Tilley N, ‘Un'introduzione alla valutazione scientifica realistica’, in Classici Della Valutazione, ed. by Stame N (FrancoAngeli, 2007), 371-385

  • Pawson RD, Bellamy J, ‘Realist Synthesis: An Explanatory Focus for Systematic Review’, in Methodological Issues in the Synthesis of Evidence from Diverse Study Designs, ed. by Popay J (NICE, London, 2006)

  • Pawson RD, ‘Simple Principles for the Evaluation of Complex Programmes’, in Public Health Evidence: Tackling Health Inequalities, ed. by Swann AKC and Kelly M (Oxford University Press, 2006), 223-238

  • Pawson RD, ‘Evidence-based Policy: The Promise of Realist Synthesis’, in Evaluation Research Methods, ed. by Stern E (London: Sage, 2005)

  • Pawson RD, ‘Evidence-based Policy: In Search of a Method’, in Evaluation Research Methods, ed. by Stern E (London: Sage, 2005)

  • Pawson RD, Tilley N, ‘Realistic Evaluation’, in Encyclopaedia of Evaluation, ed. by Matthieson S (Newbury Park, Sage, 2004)

  • Pawson RD, Tilley N, ‘Go Forth and Experiment’, in Social Research Methods: A Reader, ed. by Searle C (London, Routledge, 2003), pp.xx

  • Pawson RD, ‘Theorizing the Interview’, in Interviewing, ed. by al NFE (Sage, Newbury Park, California, 2002), pp.xx

  • Pawson RD, ‘Methodology’, in Sociological Perspectives, ed. by Taylor S (London, Macmillan, 1999)

  • Pawson RD, Tilley N, ‘An Introduction to Scientific Realist Evaluation’, in Evaluation for the Twenty First Century: A Sourcebook, ed. by Chelimsky E and Shadish W (CA: Sage, 1996), 405-418

  • Pawson RD, ‘Evaluation Research: Back to Basics’, in Evaluation the Effectiveness of Community Penalities, ed. by Mair G (London: Avebury, 1996), 151-173

  • Pawson RD, Tilley N, ‘How (and how not to) design research to inform policy making’, in Conflict and Consensus in Social Policy, ed. by Simpson N and South N (London: Macmillan, 1996), 59-75

  • Pawson RD, ‘Methods of Content/Document/Media Analysis’, in Developments in Sociology, ed. by Haralambos M (Ormskirk: Causeway Press, 1995), 107-128

  • Pawson RD, ‘Social Mobility’, in Debates in Sociology, ed. by Morgan D and Stanley L (Manchester: University of Manchester Press, 1993), 26-51

  • Pawson RD, ‘Feminist Methodology’, in Developments in Sociology, ed. by Haralambox M (Ormskirk: Causeway Press, 1992), 113-135

  • Pawson RD, ‘Sociological Evidence: Squaring the Circularity Problem’, in Measurement in Social Sciences, ed. by Jerabek H (Prague: Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, 1990), 85-98

  • Pawson RD, ‘From Indicator Selection to Theory Adjudication’, in Operationalisation and Research Strategy, ed. by Hox J and Jong-Gierweld JD (Rotterdam: Svets & Zeittinger, 1990), 137-154

  • Pawson RD, ‘Methodology’, in Developments in Sociology, ed. by Haralambos M (Ormskirk: Causeway Press, 1989), 145-164

  • Pawson RD, ‘Social Stratification’, in Developments in Sociology, ed. by Haralambos M (Ormskirk: Causeway Press, 1985), 1-21

Conference papers

  • Pawson RD, ‘Levels of Measurement’, in 10th World Congress of Sociology (International Sociological Association, 1982)

Reports

  • Hogg L, Smith D, Payne M, Bradley H, Hughes D, Pawson RD, Tilley N, Understanding the Impact of Connexions on Young People at Risk, (DfES, 2004)

  • Pawson RD, Boaz A, Grayson L, Long L, Barnes C, Types and Quality of Knowledge in Social Care, (Social Care Institute for Excellence/Policy Press, 2003)

  • Pawson RD, Myhill AT, Learning Lessons: Enhancing evaluation through research review, (TRL under contract to Dept of Environment Transport and the Regions, 2001)

  • Pawson RD, Myhill AT, Learning Lessons - Enhancing Evaluation through Research Review, (TRL for DETR, 2001)

Others

  • Campelli E, Pawson RD, Fasenella A, Scaglia A, Agodi MC, Lombardo C, Stame N, Dahler-Larsen C, Palumbo M, Biocalti Rinaldi F, Realismo E Valutazione, ([n.pub.], 2003): 1-248.

  • Pawson RD, Evidence Based Policy: 1 in search of a method, ESRC UK Centre for Evidence Based Policy and Practice, Working Paper Series, (ESRC UK Centre for Evidence Based Policy and Practice, 2002) 3: 22p+.

  • Pawson RD, Does Megan's Law work? A theory-driven systematic review, ESRC UK Centre for Evidence Based Policy and Practice, Working Paper Series, (ESRC UK Centre for Evidence Based Policy and Practice, 2002) 8: 59p+.

  • Pawson RD, Social Care Knowledge: SCIE-like Typologies, ESRC UK Centre for Evidence Based Policy and Practice, Working Paper Series, (ESRC UK Centre for Evidence Based Policy and Practice, 2002) 3: 25p+.

  • Pawson RD, Social Care Knowledge: seeing the wood for the trees, ESRC UK Centre for Evidence Based Policy and Practice, Working Paper Series, (ESRC UK Centre for Evidence Based Policy and Practice, 2002) 3: 23p+.

  • Pawson RD, Evidence Based Policy: II the promise of realist synthesis, ESRC UK Centre for Evidence Based Policy and Practice, Working Paper Series, (ESRC UK Centre for Evidence Based Policy and Practice, 2002) 4: 20p+.

  • Pawson RD, Evidence and Policy and Naming and Shaming, ESRC UK Centre for Evidence Based Policy and Practice, Working Paper Series, (ESRC UK Centre for Evidence Based Policy and Practice, 2002) 5: 22p+.

  • Pawson RD, Tilley N, Monstrous Thoughts, Leeds Occasional Paper, (Sociology, 1982) 14: 60p+.

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