An evaluation of the World Social Science Report: Challenges and potential

Article date: 19 Nov 2015, Author: Professor Colin McInnes, Karen Merkel, Sophie Leedham

The World Social Science Report has the potential to position UNESCO as a champion of the role of Social Science in policy making. It could help to set the agenda and standards among social science communities and place world class social science in front of policy makers.

The UK National Commission for UNESCO’s research among UK-based social scientists and policy makers (the audiences that the Report is targeted at) suggests that there is a real appetite for a World Social Science Report that connects the academic and policy worlds, that synthesises existing, high quality social science research and applies it to the big issues of the day. This policy brief offers a series of recommendations to help further improve this important Report series.