Social science research and public policy: narrowing the divide

Social issues Australia

This paper examines the relationship between social science research and public policy and its processes, and suggests directions for the best use of research in developing public policy. The author addresses: the dimension of problems confronting policy makers and researchers as they search for ways to address shortcomings in the research-policy relationship; the different conceptions of the research policy dynamic; examines the policy 'framework' in practice, including a case study example of how research and researchers have been used to good effect at various stages in the policy process; and, considers the elements of the research-policy nexus brought together by articulating lessons and more specific suggestions.

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