Bridging Education Research and Education Policymaking

Michael W. Kirst
Stanford University

This paper examines the relationship between policy formation in the United States and educational policy researchers. The experience of one independent 'think tank', namely PACE, located within universities, illustrates how research might inform policy and how it might not be victim to the problems, well rehearsed in the literature, of poor dissemination. Fruitful links between policy research and policy formation require close attention to the sources, channels, and format of dissemination, to the nature of the message, and to the characteristics of the policymakers.

This article was originally published in the Oxford Review of Education by Taylor & Francis Group.

Suggested citationKirst, M. W., (2000, December). Bridging education research and education policymaking [Article]. Policy Analysis for California Education.