The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed that the connections between science and policy need to be reconsidered.
A new standing committee will ensure that Canadian federal policy is based on science. The committee should consider critical ethical thinking, scholarship and action, as well as legal frameworks and sociocultural values.
The consumption of a lot of soft drinks is linked to increased obesity.
Between 2018 and 2019 Kenya registered a 30% spike in sugar production and an increase in sugar consumption.
There is a growing lament in Australia that politicians let us down. But the lesson from the pandemic is that we, the people, have the power to change our economy and politics for a better future.
Most of these initiatives still place emphasis on getting people to change their eating and lifestyle habits.
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The food and beverage industry is increasingly involved in the policymaking process.
Different groups of people have different experiences of COVID-19, but we don’t have the data to come up with a response that reflects that.
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Coronavirus is hitting some communities harder than others. But a lack of very basic data categorisation means it’s difficult for the UK government to tailor its response.
At times of high tension, governments can be cornered into making mistakes by responding to the wrong pressures.
Ensuring older people can continue to socialise is important for preventing loneliness and cognitive decline.
Simple policies, such as the free bus pass for older adults, not only reduce loneliness but also help older people maintain cognitive function.
Research-based policymaking is not yet happening in Indonesia.
Indonesian policymaking is predominantly informed by research with poor theoretical engagement, with no strong tradition of peer review and with legal threats to academic freedom.
The teaching of science and technology in ECOWAS states needs a boost.
Policies that will drive investment and change the structure of economies in the West African sub region are facing several challenges.
Ford, Carter, George H.W. Bush and Clinton led four of the first administrations to fully embrace policy analysis.
The process known as policy analysis requires careful consideration and deliberation. In most cases, the public also gets to weigh in.
President Cyril Ramaphosa must prioritise evidence-based policy making.
Ramaphosa’s “new dawn” will require a rigorous evidence-base of what works to guide high-level policy planning and design.
The Gauteng City-Region is home to a quarter of South Africa’s population.
The latest data offer a vital resource for understanding Gauteng’s multi-faceted challenges.
In a technology-driven and interconnected world, the speed of creation and dissemination of knowledge makes it even more central to economic growth that it was fifty years ago.
The Indonesian public sector has some challenges to overcome to be able to design better policies.
Scientists must remember that farmers are focused on the best return from their inputs with little risk as possible.
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Soil scientists have rarely gone the extra mile to translate their knowledge into forms that can be integrated into economic decision making.
The HECS system is a hybrid policy approach that ensures Australian universities remain accessible while funding remains sustainable.
From the 20th-century process of policy trial and error, the nations that married the strengths of markets and government came out ahead.
In Papua, the country’s easternmost province, reports say at least 61 children have died from malnutrition and measles. Photo of mother and child in a church in Asmat district, taken on January 22, 2018.
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Health research in Indonesia are mostly kept in library shelves instead of being used in policymaking.
Coal stockpile at Valley Power Plant, Milwaukee, Wis.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has rejected a Trump administration proposal to reward coal and nuclear power plants for storing fuel on-site, as a way to make the power system more reliable.
The Australian government has plenty of ministers, but not one of them oversees the whole $6 trillion housing sector.
New research finds a state of confusion when it comes to Australian government policymaking on housing, despite its huge economic and social significance.
It’s important to get the research across to and understood by decision-makers.
Research comes with risk and uncertainty so getting the right message across to the people who matter can be a challenge for scientists. A new plan out today hopes to change that.
Of 1082 Indigenous specific.
programs identified in the report,
92% have never been evaluated to see if they are achieving their objectives.
A new report highlights how little we know about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to publicly-funded Indigenous programs. It’s a similar story in other policy areas – but we can do better.