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Sweden must improve links between research policy and evidence, says academy report

Sweden’s politicians should commission a higher number of relevant scientific studies and incorporate more evidence into research policy, a study has concluded.

There is no reliable structure in place in Sweden to ensure that evidence is used consistently in policy-making, the study found. And the answers to a questionnaire sent out to a variety of people in academia and politics showed that they considered their peers’ understanding of the aims of research policy to be “nonexistent”, according to the findings.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences commissioned the study, which was carried out by the Nordic research consultancy Damvad. 

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