Research should not be totally detached from policy and practice. Good methods and theory need to be developed in connection to the realities of adult education on the ground. At the same time, research needs to be independent. It should not be a servant to policy makers. Most importantly, research needs to be of high quality and have meaning and value. It should provide answers based on the evidence collated, not providing the answers that fit with the politicians’ expectations or agenda. The range of diversity research produces would also be reduced if it continually followed the priorities of the policy makers. Creating an open and honest dialogue between policy makers, practitioners, and researchers is therefore crucial. More...