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"Cutting through": overcoming the barriers to academic engagement with policy processes

Walker, Lindsay, Pike, Lindsey, Wood, Marsha and Durrant, Hannah (2018) "Cutting through": overcoming the barriers to academic engagement with policy processes. Impact of Social Sciences Blog (26 Mar 2018). Website.

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A lack of access and poor communication are often cited as reasons why academic research is not widely used by policymakers. But what about the challenges for researchers engaging with decision-makers such as parliaments? Lindsay Walker, Lindsey Pike, Marsha Wood and Hannah Durrant have surveyed more than 400 research professionals and identified some clear barriers, with heavy workloads and a lack of transparency around how research will be used among the most prominent. In order to promote better engagement between academia and policy such initiatives should provide guidance for academics on the different opportunities to submit research evidence, be transparent about why and how that evidence will be used, and provide clear acknowledgement of the research contribution by academic sources.

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Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2018 09:50
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2021 00:15

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