Finished off: ‘Evidence-based policy is a myth. Using examples from your own research area, discuss the validity of this statement and its consequences for the policy making process.’, which I really enjoyed writing, had problems cutting it down. Has really cleared up my thoughts about the field, how ebp really seems like a ‘technology of government’, or ‘governmentality’ a product of the ‘utilitarian turn’ in social sciences, where everything has to be useful.
I’ll probably be looking at a piece of work about drug workers, given my interests and resources, ties into social policy. Methods? Probaby ethnographic in some respects, interviews certainly (semi-structured? cf with recent research in Cardiff Prison, Bridgend etc). But what angle? Look at crossover of different frameworks etc, and how are these discourses enacted, made real? Think about epistemology and ontology , voice, settings, motovations and also how I’ll be writing it up – how do I represent the data? Where will ‘I’ be in it?