chapter  4
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Who Are These Knowledge Producers and Knowledge Consumers Anyway?

T hroughout this book, we return to a single question: Why do knowledge producers and knowledge consumers have so much trouble communicating with one another? Presumably, each side has a stake in what the other does. Those doing public policy need research to ensure that their decisions are based, at least in part, on some kind of empirical foundation. At the same time, researchers can profit from knowing the kinds of management and theoretical uncertainties that confound policymakers. In theory at least, such feedback ought to serve as critical input as analysts refine existing research and as they formulate future agendas.