In 'Making Knowledge Work: The function of public knowledge organisations in the Netherlands' they explore the function and position of public knowledge organisations. They show that using science to meet stakeholder needs is a constant and deliberate balancing act.
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What public knowledge organisations do
These organisations provide evidence for policy and support governments, professionals and industries through research and innovation. Their main mission is not the research itself, but the translation and dissemination of the knowledge gathered. This in order to contribute to better informed policies that ensure the welfare, well-being and safety of society.