Using research to inform policy - Dr. Katie Gibbs

A head shot of Dr. Katy GibbsDr. Katie Gibbs, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Evidence for Democracy, delivered the keynote at the first MSSI Research Theme Symposium in November 2018. Evidence for Democracy is Canada's leading non-partisan and not-for-profit organization promoting science and the transparent use of evidence in government decision making. You can watch the recorded talk and see her reading recommendations for science policy below.

Dr. Gibbs gave an overview of the policy process, where researchers fit into this process, and how natural and social scientists can work together for greater policy impact. Her 5 tips for policy impact:

  1. Communication is necessary but not sufficient;
  2. relationships are key; 
  3. don’t be afraid of advocacy; 
  4. know what you don’t know;
  5. and be persistent.


Katie’s suggested readings on science policy

The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politics Paperback. Roger A. Pielke Jr.

Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think is a 1996. George Lakoff

Language Intelligence: Lessons on Persuasion from Jesus, Shakespeare, Lincoln, and Lady Gaga. Joseph J. Romm

The Geek Manifesto: Why Science Matters Reprint Edition. Mark Henderson

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