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Free Content Building the research-policy nexus in South Africa: insights from a skills planning policy intervention

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This paper examines the formation and operation of a research-policy nexus in a research-based national-level government department intervention to improve skills planning policy in South Africa. Through the lens of evidence-informed policymaking, it reflects on understandings of evidence use in policy; it explores the interactions between actors in the nexus and the dynamic exchanges that shape this relationship. Based on interviews with researchers and senior government managers, this paper highlights points of concordance and discordance in research(-er) and policy(-maker) interactions in a functioning research-policy nexus. It suggests key means by which the nexus may be improved.
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Keywords: EVIDENCE; EVIDENCE-INFORMED POLICY; RESEARCH-POLICY NEXUS; SOUTH AFRICA

Document Type: Research Article

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Publication date: November 1, 2017

This article was made available online on September 26, 2016 as a Fast Track article with title: "Building the research-policy nexus in South Africa: insights from a skills planning policy intervention".

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