Knowledge, Technology & Policy

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 75–93 | Cite as

Information needs in groundwater protection policy: Agenda-setting for knowledge development

  • Stijn Hoorens
  • Pieter Bots


Water policymaking strongly depends on expert knowledge, and yet there is a gap between policy makers and research professionals. This article addresses this issue by presenting a conceptual framework and method for identification of information needs in a particular policymaking context. The framework deduces information needs not only from pertaining laws and regulations, but also from strategic stakeholder behavior that can be anticipated in this context. The outcome is then matched with empirically observed information needs and available knowledge. Framework and method have been applied to the Dutch groundwater protection policy situation, establishing their effectiveness in exploring strategies to stimulate knowledge development to match stakeholder information needs.


Information Item Protection Zone Knowledge Development Object System Strategic Position 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stijn Hoorens
    • 1
  • Pieter Bots
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis and ManagementDelft University of TechnologyThe Netherlands
  2. 2.the Faculty of Technology, Policy, and ManagementDelft University of TechnologyThe Netherlands

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