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Policy-makers lack an understanding of how to assess research and the quality of that research. We need to do better during the COVID-19 pandemic and during future health crises. (Louis Reed/Unsplash)

5 ways to tackle ignorance about evidence during and after the COVID-19 pandemic

In most countries, ignorance about how to use evidence properly to inform decision-making has led to missteps during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s how to do better.
The effectiveness of a drug may be evaluated based on its potential to shrink tumours – but this doesn’t necessarily equate to improved survival rates. From shutterstock.com

Do new cancer drugs work? Too often we don’t really know (and neither does your doctor)

National drug regulators use evidence from clinical trials to decide whether new cancer drugs will be approved for use. But these studies are often flawed.
With so much research, data and evidence in the world, it’s tough to pull it together in a useful way. Shutterstock

Technology can make collecting and analysing evidence for policy easier

With accessible software tools and workflows, machines can be left to do the laborious work so that people can focus on planning, thinking and doing.

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