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Improving the link between policy research and practice: using a scenario workshop as a qualitative research tool in the case of genetically modified crops

Oreszczyn, Sue and Carr, Susan (2008). Improving the link between policy research and practice: using a scenario workshop as a qualitative research tool in the case of genetically modified crops. Qualitative Research, 8(4) pp. 473–497.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468794107087479
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Abstract

This paper reflects on the use of a scenario workshop as a way of improving the link between policy-related research and policy practice, in the light of current interest in evidence-based policy. It describes a scenario workshop that was used to engage senior policy actors in our research project on the precautionary principle in relation to genetically modified crops. The workshop highlighted some of the difficulties faced by qualitative researchers in attempts to provide evidence for senior policy makers. Nevertheless, we conclude that engaging policymakers within the research process in this way allows researchers scope to explain more about the nature of the evidence being produced and how it may be useful. The dialogue encouraged by more active engagement of potential end-users increases the likelihood of producing grounded ‘evidence’ that they will find relevant.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1741-3109
Keywords: Evidence-based policy; scenario planning; workshops; GM crops; dissemination; user engagement; dissemination;
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
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Item ID: 12877
Depositing User: Sue Oreszczyn
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2009 01:24
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2012 09:59
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/12877
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