CRDCN 2012 National Conference
October 23-24 - Fredericton, NB
A crucial component of effective policymaking is that policy be consistent with the best available empirical evidence. However, years of fiscal austerity and budget crises in many jurisdictions have meant the government’s capacity to formulate evidence-based policy can be limited, not only in terms of the ability to conduct evaluative research but also to interpret the available research effectively. To this end, academia has an increasingly important role to play in doing research that is relevant to government policy needs, and in working with government officers to convey the lessons of the research in an effective fashion. In this way, academic researchers can have an important role in influencing policymakers and shaping agendas in ways that benefit all Canadians.