Increasing the ability of government agencies to undertake evidence-informed policymaking

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Numerous studies over several decades have suggested that
research evidence does not have the kind of impact on policy
decisions that might be expected from the sheer volume and depth
of the research base that exists in many policy areas. Ultimately,
however, debates about the use of evidence for policy decisionmaking are over-theorised, and there is no clear picture of the
empirical research that demonstrates how policymakers can use
evidence in real-life policy decision-making. This systematic review
aims to bring together the existing evidence on research use, with
a specific focus on studies that investigate how the use of research
to inform policy decision-making can be improved. This review
finds that interaction and collaboration between researchers and
policymakers are a frequently cited method of improving the use of
evidence in policymaking, but that more intervention-based research
is required to confirm the effectiveness of these strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
JournalEvidence Base
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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