Canada has been making strides toward better open data policies and practices, but still has far to go in terms of comprehensive implementation.
Topic: evidence-based decision making
The Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) and the Minister of Science and Sport are seeking to fill positions for a new independent advisory body called the Council on Science and Innovation (CSI).
The Liberal government is being encouraged to complete its overhaul of Canada’s science advisory ecosystem, to ensure that the country captures more of the economic and societal benefits of S&T, according to a new position paper by the Royal Society of Canada.
The Canadian Science Policy Centre launched a new networking initiative for politicians and researchers at its annual conference in Ottawa this year, called Science Meets Parliament. The aim of the pilot program is to foster awareness and understanding between lawmakers and scientists, and to cultivate better communication between the two.
The importance of evidence-based decision-making has become a mantra among those in the research and innovation community who wish to influence public policy. But science and policy don’t always make easy companions.
Policy-making in the public sphere is not for everyone. It’s simply not easy to please everybody, especially if there are voters’ opinions to consider. At the end of the day, however, a decision has to be made, favourable or not to the constituents.