Translating research into policy: issues and challenges for researchers

Alison Ritter event

Researchers are now not only expected to conduct high quality research and publish in top ranking academic journals, they are also expected to have “impact” in the real world. In this seminar I will explore the theory and practice of ‘research translation’ with reference to government policy-making and using the example of illicit drugs policy. Research translation into policy can be challenging given that public policy is complex, dynamic and multi-determined (including the role of politics and ideology). How can and do researchers create policy impact? In what ways can research directly inform policy? How likely is this outcome? Five classes of research translation strategies will be presented, along with a case study.

Alison Ritter is an internationally recognised drug policy scholar and the Director of the Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP) at the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales. She is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow leading a multi-disciplinary program of research on drug policy. The goal of the work is to advance drug policy through improving the evidence-base, translating research and studying policy processes.

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