All organizations, including governments, need to take decisions at all levels. Such decisions need to be based primarily on evidence, although other factors also play a role. Policy researchers collect, generate, analyze or synthesize the evidence to come up with recommendations for policy.

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Examples of policy-related studies in the biosciences (either in the past or planned for future)

  1. Treating patients with multi-drug resistant TB: What is the optimal way of treating TB patients – by hospitalization or at home? Which is more cost-effective, and which is more efficacious? https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0019570717300926
  2. International landscape of sponsors of clinical trials: Which organizations in the world sponsor clinical trials, where are these organizations based, and how many trials does each of these organizations sponsor? https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0149416
  3. Understanding the start-up ecosystem of biotech in India: Which categories of people set up biotech companies in India today? New pharma-biotech company formation in India. Nature Biotechnology 24, 499–501 (2006)
  4. Conserving biodiversity: Do communities value their local biodiversity, and if so, what mechanisms do they use to protect and propagate it?
  5. Innovative strategies for controlling the spread of communicable diseases: Identifying the determinants of spread of a disease, such as mobility of particular individuals, nature of work of those individuals and extent of social contacts of those individuals, and creating a model to come up with the ideal strategy of controlling the spread of the disease.

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