10 Things to Know About How to Influence Policy with Research
Research can produce good evidence to inform local, national and international policy that, in turn, has the potential to transform lives for the better. But influencing policy is neither easy nor automatic – you need to want to do it. To be successful, you need to be open to different ways of working. Here are 10 things you need to know.
Among the wider scientific community, there is a widespread dissatisfaction with the current level of transparency and reproducibility in published research and, as part of our response to this, we signed up to the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines (https://cos.io/top/).The objective of the TOP guidelines is to encourage transparency, openness and reproducibility in science. By developing shared standards for openness across journals, it is hoped to change the current incentive structures to drive researchers' behaviour towards more openness.