The changes that society needs, such as preventing adolescent pregnancies, will not happen until researchers can use their findings to influence policy change.
A survey of over a thousand scientists reveals that their goal when communicating about their work is to help the rest of us make evidence-based decisions that draw on scientific findings.
The Indonesian public sector has some challenges to overcome to be able to design better policies.
Four scientists talk through the ways they now build outreach into their work as a way to spread their research's impact – something that wasn't the norm for past generations of academics.
Health research in Indonesia are mostly kept in library shelves instead of being used in policymaking.
The organisation Sense about Science advocates for openness and honesty about research, and ensures the public interest in sound science and evidence is recognised in public debates and policymaking.
President Trump's first year was a rough one for scientists and others who value truth and expertise. Many rallied to the cause, while others used research to make the case for the value of science.
Science isn't cold, hard facts uncovered by emotionless robots. Acknowledging how and where values play a role promotes a more realistic view and can advance science's reputation for reliability.
Hollywood pushes a fantasy version of what neuroscience can do in the courtroom. But the field does have real benefits to offer, right now: solid evidence on what would improve prisons.
Like all good health care, improving health in remote settings requires an evidence base. But forcing all research questions into the randomised controlled trial model is not the answer.
To conserve Earth's remarkable species, we must also defend the importance of science and scientific integrity.
Can open data change the world? We looked beyond the hype to find out.
Are we in a race against climate change? Or is it a war? How does thinking of the past or the future affect your support for the science? Researchers are learning how metaphors and context matter.
His landmark contributions to anthropology have faded from memory, despite real-world policy impact during the mid-20th century.
Now that we're in a post-truth world, a timely report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine highlights evidence for what works and what doesn't when talking about science.