Conducting research is in itself is an important and productive task. However, the aim of most research is not only to answer and give proof to a theoretical question, but also to implement the research into a real world scenario. This can take several forms, from developing new drugs to treating diseases to changing social government policy.
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esearch into something that has an ontological impact can prove to be problematic. The primary reason is that once research has been conducted it has to be contested and debated before it us used in a real world situation. If we take the example of medical research, one might make a breakthrough in treating a condition, but this will then have to be tested and retested in clinical trails to prove that it is safe. Another important consideration is that research has to be cost effective. Even if results prove conclusive in treating a disease, various bodies will then have to ratify that it is worth paying for before the drug is offered by a health service.
In social policy it is very difficult for research to be entirely effective in changing things, as politicians are not always acting on fact based research but rather on public opinion. Even if evidence suggests that the researcher has strong grounds for treating drug addicts with rehabilitation rather than prosecution, this may be an expensive and unpopular track to take and therefore rejected by members of government.
Therefore, in order to avoid these difficulties in implementing research it is important to consider the real world realities when conducting your research. However, this isn’t to say that one should not attempt to research a topic just because it seems inconceivable that the results would be embraced and incorporated into public life. Much work by researchers may not instantly be effective, but has an impact on further research and can have a significant worth in the long run.