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Impactful scholarship in intelligence: a public policy challenge

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalBritish Politics
Early online date28 Feb 2018
Accepted/In press1 Feb 2018
E-pub ahead of print28 Feb 2018


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This paper primarily concerns the potential impact academia can have on
the government’s analytical functions and the necessary conditions and hindrances
in making such an impact. In doing so, it addresses several important agendas for
researchers engaged in the arts, humanities and social sciences aiming to generate
‘research impact’ and policy relevance. Narrowly, this research evaluates the generation
of impact with the UK’s government’s central machinery for analysis. It
makes this evaluation from primary data derived from several iterations of a
research council-funded project, collectively known as ‘Lessons Learned’. The
paper also presents an analysis of the business of ‘impact’ and why these activities
present enduring challenges to individual scholars, universities and end-users.

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