Informing Policy with Science

It is important that stakeholders are involved in research priority setting in order to increase the relevance of the results to the policy maker - in fact, involvement in priority setting can be seen as a way of informing policy itself. The research needs to be not only relevant, but timely. OMAFRA-U of G research priorities are set through Ontario Research Advisory Network (ORAN), an inclusive, multi-level decision making process that includes stakeholders, OMAFRA staff, researchers and industry representatives.

One of the best ways to facilitate the transfer of research findings to policy-makers is through personal two-way communication. Interactive relationships between policy-makers and researchers increase the likelihood that research evidence will be used to form public policy. To get Partnership funded research into the hands and minds of policy makers, KTT staff from OMAFRA and the U of G use many methods to bring stakeholders, researchers and policy makers together to converse -- a Community of Practice group, events and regular meetings.

Recommendations for Increasing the Use of Evidence in Policy- and Decision-making.

  1. Learn and use 'public policy language' with policy-makers.
  2. Focus on effective communications to various stakeholders and target audiences.
  3. Strategically align with organizations and agencies that can get the message out in different ways.
  4. Be creative and use a variety of tools available.
  5. Evaluate the needs of clients.
  6. Involve policy-makers from the beginning of the research process.
  7. Spend time assessing your present and ideal role (if any) in each of the stages of the policy cycle.

Resources

Bridging the Gap between Science and Policy in Agri-Food Public Health: A Two-Day Workshop and Training Session

Understanding and Applying Basic Public Policy Concepts

Other evidence informed policy resources





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