An expert workshop jointly organised by INGSA, MCC Berlin, and Stiftung Mercator
The role of the social sciences in public policy processes is an increasing focus of academic and science policy debates, with regular calls for better integration of social science evidence and expertise in policy advice processes. However, various challenges persist, including the societal relevance of social science results, implied value judgements and legitimacy issues (advocacy versus brokerage, etc.), complexity and uncertainty, and sometimes inconclusive, overly theoretical, or too specific results. So reflecting on the prospects and pitfalls of an enhanced role for social science in policy advice is crucial and timely.