Shaping positive education research to influence public policy

Authored by: Charlie Simson , Lauren Rosewarne , Lea Waters

The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Positive Psychology

Print publication date:  September  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138961432
eBook ISBN: 9781315659794
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315659794.ch33

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Abstract

Research into human flourishing has the potential to shift population well-being and influence the lives of many. Unfortunately, to date, positive psychology researchers have had limited success in getting large numbers (i.e., at a population level) of people to understand and implement the kinds of practices that could improve their well-being and help them flourish. Although positive psychology researchers have successfully amassed an evidence base, the field could be critiqued for not showing much success in translating research into public policy. We describe how researchers can improve the impact of their research by influencing policy – the vehicle that governments use to influence population well-being. We argue that positive psychology researchers require a better understanding of the policymaking processes in order to create and share an evidence base for population-level interventions.

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