John O’Connor on education policy evidence in Ireland

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Education is an interesting case study for the science-policy interface. It combines a complex, multi-stakeholder ecosystem, a range of different academic approaches, and very high political salience. Maybe that’s why John O’Connor, a senior policymaker in the Qualifications and Quality Assurance Authority of Ireland, made it the subject of his PhD. He’s here to tell us what makes science advice effective in education — and what makes it fail.

With a bonus whirlwind tour of the entire science-policy ecosystem in Ireland!

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