Peter MacDonagh is a research consultant based in Dublin and Prague. Educated at University College Dublin and Cambridge University his work has addressed the research to policy gap, European democracy and public opinion research. He is a former senior adviser to the Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach). While in this role he was responsible for overseeing a wide range of policy areas including the development of Ireland’s research infrastructure. For 9 years he was a member of the Board of Science Foundation Ireland, Ireland’s largest funder of advanced research and served as Chair of the Grant Awards Committee. In FOCUS he has, with his colleagues, worked on the issue of practitioner perspectives and the policy impact of the project’s research.