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Bridging the science–policy interface: a new era for South African research and the role of knowledge brokering

The paper investigates the gap between the scientific or research community and the policymaking community in South Africa. It proposes a model of knowledge brokering as a means to bridge the gap and ensure the uptake of evidence in policy development and implementation. The model looks at the need for institutional mechanisms, such as knowledge-brokering offices in research organisations and government. It highlights the importance of researchers involving policymakers from the outset as well as increasing dialogue between these communities.