Policy Forum Pod

Bridging the gap between science and policy

Episode Summary

In an ideal world, public policy would be grounded in evidence and research, drawing upon the best available knowledge from the disciplines of science, humanities and economics. In the real world, however, policy decisions are all too often divorced from evidence-based research. In this week’s Policy Forum Pod, Karen Hussey, Kathleen Segerson and Suzi Kerr discuss the gap that exists between policymakers and academics, and what researchers can do to have a stronger voice and bigger say in policy formulation. All three experts recently took part in a discussion at a Policy Forum event at Crawford School of Public Policy, titled 'Bridging science, economics and policy silos'. They have also all written articles for Policy Forum - links can be found below. Suzi Kerr: https://www.policyforum.net/researchers-mars-policymakers-venus/ Kathleen Segerson: https://www.policyforum.net/honesty-best-policy/ Karen Hussey: https://www.policyforum.net/authors/karen-hussey/ To read more about the 'dialogues' Suzi Kerr discusses go to http://motu.nz/resources/dialogue-groups/

Episode Notes

In an ideal world, public policy would be grounded in evidence and research, drawing upon the best available knowledge from the disciplines of science, humanities and economics. In the real world, however, policy decisions are all too often divorced from evidence-based research. In this week’s Policy Forum Pod, Karen Hussey, Kathleen Segerson and Suzi Kerr discuss the gap that exists between policymakers and academics, and what researchers can do to have a stronger voice and bigger say in policy formulation. All three experts recently took part in a discussion at a Policy Forum event at Crawford School of Public Policy, titled 'Bridging science, economics and policy silos'. They have also all written articles for Policy Forum - links can be found below. Suzi Kerr: https://www.policyforum.net/researchers-mars-policymakers-venus/ Kathleen Segerson: https://www.policyforum.net/honesty-best-policy/ Karen Hussey: https://www.policyforum.net/authors/karen-hussey/ To read more about the 'dialogues' Suzi Kerr discusses go to http://motu.nz/resources/dialogue-groups/