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Huw T.O. Davies, Sandra M. Nutley, and Peter C. Smith

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9781861341914

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861341914.001.0001

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A strategic approach to research and development

A strategic approach to research and development

(p.229) Eleven A strategic approach to research and development
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Huw Davies

Gloria Laycock

Sandra Nutley

Judy Sebba

Trevor Sheldon

Policy Press

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

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