Politics of research-based evidence in African policy debates: Synthesis of case study findings

Type :
Case studies
Author :
Broadbent, E.
Published :
2012
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This paper presents the findings of a year-long research project,‘The Politics of Research Uptake, which contributes to the evolving discussion regarding the relationship between research and policy by considering the role of research-based evidence in African policy debates. The notion of a ‘policy debate’ in developed countries is directly associated with debates over evidence and its role in advancing political purposes, as a number of recent examples demonstrate. Applying this consideration to the African context, this paper takes a wider view of the policy process — in which policy debates are understood to be an integral part of policymaking — by examining the role of research-based evidence in four case studies on diverse policy debates in sub-Saharan Africa.