Research uptake and impact: are we in danger of overstating ourselves? four issues in the balancing act between research communication or advocacy.

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Pressure to demonstrate concrete impacts on public policy is encouraging researchers to make grand claims about what we/they are likely to achieve.

Researchers must provide clear policy messages, carefully define the relevance of their research, be realistic about what can be achieved, and be clear about whether they’re practising research communication or advocacy.


There are four issues:

1. Clear research evidence doesn’t necessarily lead to clear policy messages.

2. Be careful how you define ‘policy relevance’

3. Be realistic about what can be achieved – think breadth of impact rather than depth

4. Be clear whether you’re practicing research communication or advocacy.


Louise Shaxson

LSE impact blog

Louise Shaxson is a Research Fellow in the Research and Policy in Development (RAPID) programme at ODI.

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RMIMR is my virtual playground, a place to reflect on issues from my professional context, my job as Policy Director at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). RSM is the international university based business school at Erasmus University Rotterdam. More info here: Here is my list of relevant publications on the topic of my RMIMR weblog: The rss feed for my RMIMR collection is here: Here is my other weblog on impact of research:

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