Research has the potential to be an important influence on policy. This article outlines anapproach taken in seeking the inclusion of research recommendations into policy. A model of theprocess is developed and the steps involved are outlined. Researchers must engage with the keypolicy actors, the inclusion of research findings into policy is a difficult task but necessarybecause good research will not succeed in influencing policy, simply because it is good.Research has a key role to play in, informing policy makers and determining policies whichprogress the EU aim of a living countryside rather than detract from it.

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