Research centers and social policy

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Discusses the advantages of research institutes over those of individual investigators. The period following World War II marked the emergence of research centers. Some of the worthy objectives for centers and institutes, beyond the reach of the lone researcher, are the opportunity to conduct long-range longitudinal studies, the creation of a professional home for multidisciplinary research, the development or improvement of research methodology and measuring instruments, and a communications center to the general society. As scientists become more interested in public policy, the centers can become a base for such communication. It is concluded that, despite some concerns about the adequacy of research efforts or the ability to attract first-rate minds, research centers appear to be filling an important function in modern-day academia. (1 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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