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Wanted: Evidence-Based Policy

Welcome to this Special Issue of EuroScientist on: Evidence-Based Policy!

Policy decisions are too often political instead of being informed by evidence-based considerations. This is obvious but not ineluctable.

In this special issue of EuroScientist, we first look at the art of convincing decision makers using evidence, by focusing on the example of mindfulness practice, looking at arguments that are used to entice decision makers to adopt it, in a wide range of organisations, including universities, public sector bodies, tech industries and law firms.

We also bring you an article providing an overview of the areas linked to science and research practice where policy could be more transparent–namely, the field of scientific advice and research impact.

In addition, we focus on two case studies where policy failed to align to the best available evidence. The first relates to how the policy making process left the steel industry some ample room to manoeuvre in their choice of emission limiting technology, under the 2010 Industrial Emission Directive due to be implemented in 2016 . The second example looks into how evidence based approaches–including advances in toxicology testing– could help modernise the regulations pertaining to food, drugs and chemical safety.

We then publish the insights from the European Parliament Scientific Foresight Unit, supporting the Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel , who tell us about the novel mechanisms designed to make scientific evidence and foresight available to EP policy makers.

Find out about this topic by reading this special issue of EuroScientist and sharing it as widely as possible in your circles.

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Shifting the perspective of the most sceptical minds

By Sabine Louët, EuroScientist Editor.


Policy matters: transparency is rarely a bad thing

By Arran Frood, Science Journalist, UK.

Case studies: shunting the evidence-base

Nerves of steel: carte blanche to Europe's atmospheric polluters

By Dino Trescher, Stefano Valentino & Luuk Sengers, Journalists Germany, Belgium & The Netherlands.

Evidence-based safety science is nigh

By Thomas Hartung, Founder Evidence-Based Toxicology Collaboration, USA.

Regulator’s perspective

Scientific foresight, new in the EU Parliament science advice toolkit

By Theodoros Karapiperis & Lieve Van Woensel, STOA, Belgium.

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