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Organizational context, sponsorship and policy research output


Over the last several decades a significant capacity to produce policy research has been institutionalized across government and academe and around their borders. Diverse organizational settings and sponsors yield a wide array of forms of policy research and analysis. Yet little is known about the influence of organizational context and sponsorship on research output. Implications for knowledge accumulation and the use of research in policy-making also are uncertain. In this study a random sample of 1,291 cases of policy research and analysis from 1975–1990 and the organizational conditions surrounding their production is described. Log linear analysis suggests that organization and sponsorship are directly related to the type and breadth of research performed. A considerable range of two-way interactions link specific producer and sponsor types to characteristics of research output.

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Correspondence to James M. Rogers.

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He is the author ofThe Impact of Policy Analysis (University of Pittsburgh Press) and assorted journal articles.

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Rogers, J.M. Organizational context, sponsorship and policy research output. Knowledge and Policy 7, 3–24 (1994).

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  • Policy Research
  • Research Output
  • Producer Organization
  • Organizational Context
  • Problem Definition