The Idea of IMPRESS
Impactful Policy Research in Social Science (IMPRESS) is an idea of its own kind that aims to provide a research roadmap to address policy challenges pertaining to society and so, social science areas. The identified domains encompass the major areas or themes that have been in public policy debate due to new developments, earnest concerns, emerging issues, critical deficiencies, and amplified expectations. Some sub-themes within a broad domain that have contributed towards growing importance of the domain have also been identified. The research based inputs are the crucial requirements in the process of policy making as a policy should evolve from the society and its concerns and the policy is expected to cater to the needs of the society at various intervals of its life. Most of the times there is a wide gap between the policy makers and the society which needs to be bridged for rendering policy more acceptable and implementable which in turn enhances the efficacy of the policy. Social science researchers can be very helpful in identification of the gaps between the society and policy makers and they may attempt to provide vital inputs or evidences about the perception and appreciation of the government’s policies among various layers of the society. Besides, there may be crucial areas where policy makers require evidence, feedback, appraisal, awareness and participation, all in the form of document, in order to make policy substantially effective.
So, IMPRESS is dedicated to address the issue of bridging the gap between policy making, implementing and the society by generating or encouraging vital inputs from researches in social science disciplines and also to inspire researches in these domains to take up the task of assessment of policies and also that of coordination between policy makers, academics and the society.
Besides that various ministries and departments of the government have commonality of policy interests and for that they need to have interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary evidence based inputs that could serve their common interests and can help formulate an approach which is more comprehensive and inclusive. Elimination of conflicting interest of the various departments could also be brought about by enhanced degree of inter-disciplinary approach by improved coordination.