Aims:
  • This review would seek to establish a series of key priorities for further research, taking into account what is already known concerning the following key research issues:
  • Where are the main institutional sources of production in rigorous social research and analysis, including internal reports and ‘grey’ literature commissioned by government agencies?
  • To what extent do government agencies currently use research-based evidence, and other important forms of evidence, in their decision-making and review activities?
  • Are there substantial variations in these patterns of usage at different levels of government, and across different policy fields?
  • How effectively do government agencies currently use various forms of evidence in their decision-making processes and what are the impediments to effective use of research?
  • What innovative and best-practice models are being implemented, eg in relation to improved interaction and exchange processes, the role of expert forums and civic engagement, and improving research receptivity and capability within agencies themselves?
Outcomes:
  • The report provides an overview of current practices concerning research use and gaps in knowledge about current practices.
Recommendations:
  • A priority research agenda will be developed
Policy Impact:
  • Research targeted at making research use more transparent will influence the take-up of research in the policy process.

Government Agencies use of Evidence

This proposal seeks to scope the essential underlying issues involved in the question: 'How do government agencies at different levels use evidence in making decisions and how effective is their decision making and use of evidence?’

The research literature concerning this complex multi-level question is diffuse in scope and coverage, uneven in quality, and not well structured. The diffuse literature is not well suited to a detailed systematic research review at this stage. Therefore the intention is to produce a ‘policy brief’ that would summarize the state of play concerning the key issues, in order to gain a better understanding of:

  • where are the main institutional sources of production for rigorous social research and analysis, including the internal reports and ‘grey’ literature commissioned by government agencies;
  • what is known about the extent to which government agencies currently use research-based evidence, and other important forms of evidence, in their decision-making and review activities; and whether the pattern of evidence-use has changed over time;
  • whether there are substantial variations in these patterns of usage at different levels of government, and across different policy fields;
  • how effectively government agencies currently use various forms of evidence in their decision-making processes, and what are the impediments to effective research use by these agencies; and which other major research gaps need to be addressed, in relation to key challenges and issues raised in the above questions.
Project Value: 
$18 000.00
Funding: 
Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare
Date: 
2012 to 2013
Time status: 
Current
Contact: 
Professor Brian Head (brian.head@uq.edu.au)
Aims:
  • This review would seek to establish a series of key priorities for further research, taking into account what is already known concerning the following key research issues:
  • Where are the main institutional sources of production in rigorous social research and analysis, including internal reports and ‘grey’ literature commissioned by government agencies?
  • To what extent do government agencies currently use research-based evidence, and other important forms of evidence, in their decision-making and review activities?
  • Are there substantial variations in these patterns of usage at different levels of government, and across different policy fields?
  • How effectively do government agencies currently use various forms of evidence in their decision-making processes and what are the impediments to effective use of research?
  • What innovative and best-practice models are being implemented, eg in relation to improved interaction and exchange processes, the role of expert forums and civic engagement, and improving research receptivity and capability within agencies themselves?
Outcomes:
  • The report provides an overview of current practices concerning research use and gaps in knowledge about current practices.
Publications and Reports: 

A report will be published by the Swedish NBHW in due course

Program/Affiliation: 
Type: 
Meta-Analysis
Systematic Reviews
Keywords: 
Policy analysis
Policy evaluation
Number: 
ISSR050406