Six barriers that make it difficult for African states to use research for policy

Type :
Research reports & papers
Author :
Fourie, W./ South African Sustainable Development Knowledge Hub, University of Pretoria
Published :
2017
Link :

Article from The Conversation which argues that there are at least six main barriers to the use of research in policymaking. These are the complexity of evidence, absence of personal relationships between researchers and policymakers, the time it takes to do quality research, the perceived irrelevance of research, a lack of analytical capacity within governments, and budget constraints. Concludes that whilst there is no silver bullet to overcoming these barriers, building strong relationships between researchers and policymakers is a good place to start.