The Challenges for Policy Research in a Changing Environment

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The Challenges for Policy Research in a Changing Environment

November 1, 1996

Abstract

In the wake of apparent decreasing public confidence in both government and in the value of empirical analysis as a guide to action, this paper reflects on the historical role that applied social science has played in the public sector and the role it might play in the future. The author offers three practical suggestions for helping social science policy research maintain standards and effectively meet the challenges of the future.

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