Rijkskennisinstellingen op gepaste afstand

Translated title of the contribution: Public research institutes at arms length

Gijs Diercks, Paul Diederen

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Governments have a great need for policy-relevant research. The Dutch government obtains part of this research from the so-called state knowledge institutions: public research organizations that support ministries in the preparation and implementation of policy. To be able to provide reliable research, state knowledge institutions must be able to act independently and with integrity. But to be policy-relevant, they must maintain in close contact with ministries. Proper handling of this tension does not only requires ‘hard’ formal rules, procedures and codes of conduct, but also ‘soft’ informal institutions, such as awareness, dialogue, education, and culture. Implementing this is a shared responsibility of both the research organizations and the ministries.
Translated title of the contributionPublic research institutes at arms length
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)9
Number of pages14
JournalJustitiële Verkenningen
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01 May 2019


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