Evidence-based policymaking depends, first of all, on the existence and availability of reliable evidence. No less importantly, it requires that researchers and policymakers communicate with each other effectively. Both parties stand to benefit from this interaction. Tackling socio-economic challenges is definitely a cooperative enterprise. Cooperation between policymakers and researchers, however, does not always come naturally. A familiar set of obstacles – cultural, linguistic and institutional – can make interaction difficult. Fortunately, important steps have been taken to overcome the communications deficit in recent years. The trend towards evidence-based policymaking has provided impetus for productive interaction between researchers and decision-making entities around the globe, including the institutions of the European Union.
Institutional Sponsor: European Commission