The Use of Scientific Information in the Development of Public Policies
This paper explores the problems related to developing and implementing public policies with insufficient scientific information. The four recommendations to improve the quality and exchange of scientific information include: 1) establish the institutional structures which would support the development of scientific information on a priority basis; 2) develop procedures by which the development of public policies could be more closely synchronized with the development of scientific information; 3) establish procedures to permit the refinement of public policies as scientific information is further developed; and 4) improve the opportunity for the public to understand the process by which scientific information is incorporated into public policies. To facilitate these recommendations, a transfer of standard-setting responsibilities to a national laboratory operating under a central control is proposed.
KeywordsPublic Policy National Laboratory Regulatory Agency Scientific Information Central Control
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