How does research influence public policy? 16
We are investigating the ways that research outcomes are included in public policy. We are interested in WHO from the government (Federal, State and Local) looks for research and WHAT it is that they are looking for, or the formats that they find most useful. From our investigation so far it seems that research is synthesised and translated via parliamentary librarians and committee staff. We have less information on the way that Departments and Local Governments or anyone else accesses and uses research to inform policy. It also not clear whether research evidence is considered on the basis of a single study or as a body of knowledge.
We would love to have your comments on the following specific questions:
1. Which areas of government use research to inform policy?
2. How do individuals access research from within government?
3. What processes occur after research has been accessed, en-route to influencing a policy outcome?
4. If you have examples (good, bad and indifferent) to share with us that would be great
5. What do you think would need to happen to narrow the research-to-policy gap, (ie what are the barriers and drivers for research to policy translation)?
6. Is there any way to know when research has had an impact on policy?
Thank you for your time, the comments we receive here will inform a broader program at the University of Melbourne that looks to make research easier for governments to access and use and to enhance the impact of our research.