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Deploying evidence-based research for socio-economic development policies in Nigeria

Dhikru A. Yagboyaju
Africa’s Public Service Delivery & Performance Review | Vol 7, No 1 | a247 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/apsdpr.v7i1.247 | © 2019 Dhikru A. Yagboyaju | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 September 2018 | Published: 27 May 2019

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Dhikru A. Yagboyaju, Department of Political Science, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

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Background: Society’s socio-economic development process, which covers ways and means of ensuring the well-being and self-actualisation of the generality of the citizens, requires viable and implementable policies.

Aim: This article analyses the interconnections between evidence-based research, adequate policies and societal advancement in many parts of the developed world, as well as the underperformance in societies with obvious research–policy gaps.

Setting: Using Nigeria as country of study, it focuses attention on how evidence-based research could be deployed more effectively for improved livelihood.

Methods: Data are drawn from historical and contemporary documentary secondary sources. This is complemented by the analyses of selected documented interviews and special reports on aspects of society, economy and politics in the country. The article’s framework of analysis draws strength from a combination of role and ecological theories, though it adopts an interpretative research methodology.

Results: It finds out that the ecology of public policies in Nigeria plays a critical role in the gap that exists between policy formulation and implementation.

Conclusion: In its conclusion and recommendations, the article draws examples of best practices from around the world.


Socio-economic development; evidence-based research; research–policy gaps; self-actualisation; Nigeria; success-prone policy; sustainable development; societal advancement; public good.


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