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NCJ Number: 114003 Find in a Library
Title: Making Research Useful to Policymakers
Author(s): B R Williams
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Rand Corporation
Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138
Publication Number: P-7386
Type: Citizen Involvement Material
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper describes how the RAND Corporation, a private, nonprofit research organization, uses its research to influence the development of public policy, particularly in the area of criminal justice.
Abstract: The paper describes the management structure of RAND and its six domestic research programs: Civil Technology, Criminal Justice, Education, Health Policy, Labor and Population, and Regulatory Policy. In planning its research efforts in these six categories, RAND chooses issues of long-term importance, identifies work that interests and simulates its research staff, and undertakes projects in subject areas in which it has expertise. Additionally, RAND must acquire financial support for its particular projects, and often sponsors set the direction and tone of the research. RAND researchers must know and understand the people and organizations they are trying to influence; they must understand that facts do not speak for themselves. Those who would influence policy-making bodies must have a good sense of timing, and they must stay in touch with the changing agendas of foundations and government agencies. The paper concludes with predictions of important criminal justice issues during the next 10 years, such as an emphasis on how hormones and chemicals contribute to criminality and how institutions such as the family can intervene to alleviate chronic problem behavior.
Main Term(s): Criminal justice research
Index Term(s): Research organizations; Research uses in policymaking
Note: Paper was basis for a keynote address given at the annual meeting of the Criminal Justice Statistics Association in San Francisco in September 1987
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