A strategic approach to research and development

Huw Davies, Gloria Laycock, Sandra Nutley, Judy Sebba and Trevor Sheldon

in What works?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2000 | ISBN: 9781861341914
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304265 | DOI:
A strategic approach to research and development

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This chapter examines the attempts to shape the research supply to meet the demand for research evidence. It looks at the research and development (R&D) process in three big government areas: the National Health Service (NHS), the Home Office, and the Department for Education and Employment (DfEE). Similar problems have emerged in each of these three areas: a lack of connection between research activity and pressing policy issues; and a failure of research to impact on day-to-day professional activities. The more proactive stance taken by each of these departments to redress these deficiencies is a sign of the growing importance of research to the government policy machine.

Keywords: research supply; research evidence; research and development; NHS; Home Office; DfEE

Chapter.  7563 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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