(A4) Policy as a roadmap without a map: The challenges of creating and implementing policy

In this session we will highlight some of the discord between what is seen as best practice in terms of policy and reality whereby even a policy that ticks many of the boxes of best practice, still falters. Whilst, we as academics, strive to get our research into policy as a way of disseminating outcomes and impact, should we? Policy is becoming more nebulous or conceptual, containing less and less details about how and what should be implemented and becomes more general about the direction of travel without providing a detailed map.