chapter  3
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When Researchers Delivered Evidence to Policymakers

T his chapter touches upon what the past suggests for the future. As we begin to think about developing a strategic vision for the future of evidence-based policymaking, we turn our attention to earlier efforts to wed research and policy. What we think of as innovative is, in reality, seldom very original. In many cases, it builds upon what has gone before. The trick of contemporary innovative thought is to select the best threads of earlier work and to make sure that we do not lose any insights that might be gleaned from such efforts. Given this, we also look to the past for a foundation upon which to erect the architecture for the future.