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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

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

Gloria Laycock

Sandra Nutley

Judy Sebba

Trevor Sheldon

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861341914.003.0011

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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