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Building Evidence-Based Family Policy: Insights From the Family Impact Seminars

We are well past the time when it is possible to argue that good research will, because it is

good, infl uence the policy process.

—Ray Rist (1994, p. 546)

Success or failure in the application of social science [to the policy process] depends on the

mesh between scientifi c skills and political interests of the social scientist on the one side,

and the political skills and the scientifi c interests of the policy maker on the other.