This discussion paper introduces and discusses a project, The Science of Using Science which reviewed literature on effective strategies to increase the use of research evidence. It provides over 30 examples and case studies of successful efforts to increase research uptake. It involved two phases, firstly a systematic review of systematic reviews and secondly, a scoping review of other social science interventions that might be relevant to the first study.
The Policy > Action Network (P>AN) is hosted by the Research Use and Impact Assessment Unit (RIA) at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and is supported by the Department of Science and Technology.
P>AN supports the policy community by sourcing information on social policy with the aim of contributing to rigour in policy making and greater participation in policy processes. This site contains a range of resources including case studies, policy briefs, research reports, events info and ‘how-to’ info on getting research into policy, and getting policy into action.