|Science Policy Research Agenda Map #147544|
To address the need for policy makers to understand science and for scientists to understand policy processes the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) at the University of Cambridge assembled over 50 academics and policy makers to agree a new research agenda on the role of science in public policy.
A Collaboratively-Derived Science-Policy Research Agenda
Sutherland WJ, Bellingan L, Bellingham JR, Blackstock JJ, Bloomfield RM, et al. (2012), PLoS ONE 7(3): e31824. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0031824 Abstract "The need for policy makers to understand science and for scientists to understand policy processes is widely recognised. However, the science-policy relationship is sometimes difficult and occasionally dysfunctional; it is also increasingly visible, because it must deal with contentious issues, or itself becomes a matter of public controversy, or both.
We suggest that identifying key unanswered questions on the relationship between science and policy will catalyse and focus research in this field.
To identify these questions, a collaborative procedure was employed with 52 participants selected to cover a wide range of experience in both science and policy, including people from government, non-governmental organisations, academia and industry. These participants consulted with colleagues and submitted 239 questions. An initial round of voting was followed by a workshop in which 40 of the most important questions were identified by further discussion and voting.
The resulting list includes questions about the effectiveness of science-based decision-making structures; the nature and legitimacy of expertise; the consequences of changes such as increasing transparency; choices among different sources of evidence; the implications of new means of characterising and representing uncertainties; and ways in which policy and political processes affect what counts as authoritative evidence.
We expect this exercise to identify important theoretical questions and to help improve the mutual understanding and effectiveness of those working at the interface of science and policy."
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|A Collaboratively-Derived Science-Policy Research Agenda|
Author: Sutherland WJ, Bellingan L, Bellingham JR, Blackstock JJ, Bloomfield RM, et al.
Cited by: David Price 10:49 PM 5 April 2012 GMT
|About the Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge|
Author: Centre for Science and Policy
Cited by: David Price 1:18 PM 6 April 2012 GMT
|Excerpt / Summary|
The Centre for Science and Policy helps the sciences and technology to serve society by promoting engagement between researchers and policy professionals. Specifically, we:
=> provide policy professionals with access to the best academic thinking in engineering, science, computing, mathematics, the social sciences, law and philosophy
=> provide an arena in which those interested in the policy implications of the sciences and technology, and the relationship between research expertise and public policy, can discuss and develop fresh ideas
=> provide training, support and opportunities for researchers to engage with policy makers.
|The ‘most important questions’ in science policy shortlisted|
Author: Daniel Cressey - Nature
Cited by: David Price 11:24 PM 5 April 2012 GMT
|Excerpt / Summary|
A series of bitter disagreements between scientists and policy-makers has prompted a group of researchers to create a list of 40 “key unanswered questions” in an attempt to ease tensions by setting an agenda for future work.
Led by scientists at the University of Cambridge, UK, the group — comprising more than 50 scientists, policy experts and policy-makers — presents the results of their attempt to “identify the most important outstanding questions” in PLoS ONE.