Evidence is a policymaker’s biggest weapon

What is public policy for?
Research impact Evidence-based policy Policy failure Policy analysis

Fundamentally, public policy is supposed to address serious social problems. However, poorly designed policies exist. Often this happens when a well-intentioned policy generates unexpected and unintended consequences, and sometimes, these consequences leave policy-makers farther away from their goal than when they started.

In this short article, the author argues that researchers have a responsibility to link their work to the issues facing the world – to provide general insight, but also to help policymakers evaluate how best to solve them.

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