The impact of science - framework explaining the role of policy users' organisational filters

How can science have an impact on policy-making? In OSIRIS, we analyse the processes and conditions of research users to understand impact. Papers about the impact of science on policy-making often describe interactions between scientists and individual policymakers. While these are certainly important, the new OSIRIS discussion paper draws attention to the role of conditions in policy organisations.

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Figure 1 Policy User Conditions for the Impact of Science - Conceptual Framework

The basic idea is simple: organisational conditions, such as regulations, routines, and culture, exert influence on individual policymakers' ability and willingness to use scientific research. In particular, the paper analyses the conditions for the conceptual impact of science, when research influences the way policymakers think about the nature of policy problems, causalities underlying them, and possible solutions. The paper reviews five relevant bodies of literature and develops a conceptual framework that helps capture organisational conditions for conceptual impact in a systematic way.

Jakob Edler, Maria Karaulova, and Katharine Barker (2020), Understanding Conceptual Impact of Scientific Knowledge on Policy: the Role of Policy-making Conditions. Discussion paper Nr.66, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research. 

Published Sep. 7, 2020 1:09 PM - Last modified Sep. 9, 2020 12:21 PM