Organizations such as SEI, that has an important audience in the public policy sphere from subnational to global levels, should be evaluated on the basis of what types of public policy impacts the knowledge it generates is having at different levels of governance. However, such evaluations are inherently tricky. Despite its strong presence in nearly all research funding descriptions, ‘policy impact’ is an ambiguous term, and there is very little consensus about what it really means or how to measure it.

The report also includes ten suggestions on how SEI and similar organizations can better serve its mandate to ‘bridge science and policy’ by bringing sustainability knowledge into the policy domain.

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