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Pathways into policy: a study of the relationship between research, policy and government

By Aidan Wilcox, Alex Hirschfield and University of Huddersfield Applied Criminology Centre

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The research presented in this report was conducted as part of the ESRC funded\ud scopic network. It aimed to study the inter-relationship between policy, research and\ud government with a view to making recommendations designed to enhance the\ud influence of research on policy.\ud The research involved a comparison of approaches to policy making in criminal\ud justice and healthcare, and comprised a review of the relevant literature as well as\ud interviews with 13 key policy makers in both fields.\ud The concept of ‘evidence based policy’ raises a number of interesting questions,\ud including: what kinds of evidence are used; what should the proper role of evidence\ud in policy be; what are the obstacles to adopting an evidence-based approach to\ud policy; how can the findings of research be made more policy relevant?, and; what\ud can researchers and policy makers do to achieve a more productive relationship?\ud These questions are addressed in this report

Topics: H1, HM
Publisher: University of Huddersfield
Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.hud.ac.uk:5842

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