The Local Government Knowledge Navigators (LGKN) have published their final report which outlines the experience and lessons learned from the LGKN over the last two years. The report supports the strong case for closer engagement between academic research and local government in the UK. The analysis demonstrates that
- local authorities have a wide range of evidence needs
- there is relevant research and expertise in academia but local government fails to make the most of this
- there are some impressive examples of collaboration but engagement is inconsistent, and often depends on existing links between individual researchers and local government officers or politicians
- there is a need for a change of culture in both communities and the development of more systematic approaches to achieving connectivity between them.
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