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Making sense of knowledge-brokering organisations: Boundary organisations or policy entrepreneurs?

MacKillop, Eleanor ORCID:, Connell, Andrew ORCID:, Downe, James ORCID: and Durrant, Hannah ORCID: 2023. Making sense of knowledge-brokering organisations: Boundary organisations or policy entrepreneurs? Science and Public Policy 50 (6) , pp. 950-960. 10.1093/scipol/scad029

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Knowledge Brokering Organisations (KBOs) have multiplied in the evidence-policy landscape worldwide changing how decision-makers are accessing evidence. Yet, we still know little about their emergence and roles. This research helps to understand KBOs and their place in evidence-based policy-making by highlighting the varied work that they do, the relationships they cultivate with policy-makers, the complex knowledge brokering processes they negotiate, and how they establish their credibility in different ways. We build on Boundary Organisation theory and the concept of policy entrepreneur (drawn from Multiple Streams Analysis) to develop a better understanding of KBOs who play multiple roles. By using the policy entrepreneur concept, we bring a greater focus on the politics of brokering. This duality involves them in seeking to provide ‘objective’ evidence, while simultaneously determining what counts as evidence for policy and making recommendations for political decisions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Additional Information: A correction has been published: Science and Public Policy, Volume 50, Issue 6, December 2023, Page 1112,
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0302-3427
Funders: ESRC, Welsh Government, Cardiff University
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 2 June 2023
Date of Acceptance: 10 May 2023
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2024 12:06

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