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Assessing the Impact of Policy-Oriented Social Science Research

Farm Foundation, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), recently sponsored a workshop on Assessing the Impact of Policy-Oriented Social Science Research. It was organized as a follow up to April 1997 symposium sponsored by IFPRI in Washington, D.C.

This workshop had two goals. The first was to review case studies of impact evaluation of policy-oriented social science research (POSSR) that have been undertaken since the earlier workshop and evaluate the progress made in the development of assessment methodologies. The second goal was to assess the value of POSSR and associated information to users and analysts in influencing policy.

The workshop was Nov. 12-13, 2001, in Scheveningen, The Netherlands. A  summary document has been distributed to administrators of research institutions, international organizations, government agencies and land grant universities. A more detailed  synthesis report of the workshop is also available.




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