'Conflict Research and Policy - When, why and how can research make a policy impact?'
The formal academic study of conflict resolution has been in existence
for over 35 years and in this time has developed a solid foundation of
knowledge. There is widespread recognition from both the research and practitioner
community on the need to impact policy. However, there is little common
understanding of what 'impacting policy' actually means, how a researcher
would implement this objective and the ways in which the effect might
be measured. Moreover, policy makers are often frustrated with research
results and overwhelmed by the differing opinions of so many experts.
The Research Impacting Policy Project (RIP) aimed to improve the interaction
between the research community involved in conflict related studies and
those in the policy/government sectors who could utilise this expertise.
The objectives of the project were:
- To map the existing links between conflict research, the policy process
and those within the process who develop, guide or make decisions.
- To ascertain the constraints or inhibitors currently associated with
enabling research to impact policy in conflict related fields from
both a researcher and a policy maker perspective.
- To develop a set of recommendations that would serve to improve this
- To develop
mechanisms for measuring the impact of research on policy.
- To instigate
opportunities for the active linking of research to policy.
Mind the Gap - Policy Development and Research on Conflict Issues (February 2005)
This full report and research summary are both available online.
copies available on request.