Sci.Dev editorial here. Excerpt:
"When SciDev.Net was established seven years ago, it was an article of faith among its founders that developing countries needed better ways to incorporate scientific information into their decision-making machinery. Our network and website were seen as ways of making this happen.
This need has been confirmed by one of the largest international studies to examine the interface between science and development policy. The study was commissioned last summer from researchers at the London-based Overseas Development Institute (ODI). The full results have just been published, and are based on responses to an electronic survey of more than 600 scientists, intermediaries and policymakers (see Survey backs intermediaries in science communication)."
The link to ODI report does not seem to work but one can go directly to ODI Working Papers and it is Working Paper no.294: 'Political Science? Strengthening science�policy dialogue in developing countries' by Nicola Jones, Harry Jones and Cora Walsh.