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WHAT IS POLICY RESEARCH?

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.

New to the field of Science Policy Research

Here are some useful reads to get started

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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