ERIC Number: ED225241
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Tying Research to Policy: Emerging Links and a Changing Consensus.
IFG Policy Notes, v3 n2 Spr 1982
This issue of "Policy Notes" examines some of the issues surrounding research dissemination, or the means by which policy-makers become aware of and assimilate research knowledge. The articles in this issue provide added perspectives to the findings of an Institute for Research on Educational Finance and Governance (IFG) survey, in three states, of policy-makers in the areas of school finance and education for handicapped children. The study reveals that policy-makers seem to know how to find research when they need it; most use it occasionally in their work, and half use it often. Survey respondents chose networks, groups of brokers sharing their concerns, as the single most important source of information. Carol Weiss relates the study's findings to others in such policy areas as health and to other levels beyond the state. Gail Meister and Michael Kirst discuss networks, their structure, and how they function and suggest further research questions. Arnold J. Meltsner questions the assumptions commonly held by those who conduct research on dissemination. Sandra L. Kirkpatrick describes IFG's dissemination program. In "Policy Perspectives," Linda Nelson summarizes portions of an IFG report "Policy Research and Educational Policy-Making: Toward a Better Connection." (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Needs, Information Scientists, Network Analysis, Policy Formation, Research Needs, Research Utilization, Selective Dissemination of Information, Social Science Research, Special Education, State Action
Publications, Institute for Research on Educational Finance and Governance, School of Education/CERAS Building, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Inst. for Research on Educational Finance and Governance.
Note: Includes: IFG Policy Perspectives; Spr 1982. Not available in paper copy due to small print and colored paper of original document.