Where evidence-based policy meets research impact

Andrew Gunn, Michael Mintrom

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This paper explores the territory between the evidence-based policymaking (EBPM) agenda and the research impact agenda. Although these two related agendas are typically considered in isolation, this paper provides an analysis dedicated to how they interact. It begins with a discussion outlining the origins of research impact and the use of evidence in policymaking. This is followed by an overview of the Australian policy context that shapes academic research and its impact. We argue that although the relationship between EBPM and research impact can be viewed as a symbiotic one, there are some tensions that arise in practice. Such difficulties can be further exacerbated when using research to inform policy in times of crisis, as illustrated by governing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The insights provided contribute to our understanding of impact and are of value to policymakers and academic researchers as they help clarify the changing context within which they operate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)544-553
Number of pages10
JournalAustralian Journal of Public Administration
Issue number3
Early online date9 Jun 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2021


  • academic research
  • evidence-based policy
  • higher education
  • knowledge transfer
  • research impact


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