Bridging the Gap Between Policymakers and Research and Advocacy Organizations (RAOs): The Challenges Facing RAOs

"Research and advocacy organizations (RAOs) serve a useful function of linking policy makers, who are primarily politicians, with society's needs, aspirations, problems and their possible solutions. In order to design policies and programmes to improve societal wellbeing, policymakers need access to good information about the problems, their causes and solutions. Yet the work of RAOs is sometimes not fully appreciated by policymakers. This is partly because researchers do not fully understand the policy process and how to communicate effectively their research findings to policymakers."