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Indicators for policy impact proposed

The Joint Research Centre, the European Commission’s science service, has published a set of suggestions for measuring the impact of research evidence on policy.

The suggestions, which were published in a draft report on 20 July, came out of a workshop on policy impact that the JRC hosted last month. They include tracking the number of times that evidence is cited in policy papers, carrying out surveys of policymakers and counting mentions in parliamentary debates and the media.

Workshop participants felt that no single indicator would be able to capture the entire policy impact of evidence, the report said. They also highlighted the lack of comprehensive repositories for policy documents and of permanent, unique identifiers for individual documents as obstacles to tracking impact.

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