If scientists want to influence policymaking, they need to understand it
A major new report on The Science of Using Science: Researching the Use of Research Evidence in Decision-Making suggested that there is very limited evidence of “what works” to turn scientific evidence into policy. There are many publications out there on how to influence policy, but few are proven to work. Scientists tend to assume that there is one arena in which policymakers and scientists might engage. But the action takes place in many venues at many levels involving many types of policymaker. By Paul Cairney & Kathryn Oliver for The Guardian.