Dr. Vivek Goel leads an interactive workshop on the challenges of communicating science-to-policy and ways we can overcome them.
About this Event
Science research produces evidence, in forms both quantitative and qualitative, ranging from simple to complex. How do you integrate information from so many different sources into informed policy that meets the needs of the population? And do it quickly, in the middle of a pandemic? Dr. Vivek Goel leads an interactive workshop on the challenges of communicating science-to-policy and ways we can overcome them.
Evidence to Policy Workshop
Participants will have an opportunity to:
• Discuss the conceptualization of “evidence”
• Review the process for developing public health policy in an emergency
• Discuss how evidence enters into the policy process
Participants are asked to review the readings and complete a short exercise before the workshop. After a brief introduction participants will share their thoughts on the exercise they have completed. The Facilitator will then review some of the key concepts with interactive surveys for participant input. Case studies will be discussed in large group format, with breakouts as appropriate depending on participation.
Lancaster K, Rhodes T, Rosengarten M. Making evidence and policy in public health emergencies: lessons from COVID-19 for adaptive evidence-making and intervention. Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, Volume 16, Number 3, August 2020, pp. 477-490(14).
Escandon K, Rasmussen AL, Bogoch II, Murray E, Escandon K. COVID-19 and false dichotomies: time to change the black-or-white messaging about health, economy, SARS-CoV-2 transmission, and masks. Preprint under review.
Review the false dichotomies outlined in Escandon et al. Pick your favourite false dichotomy. As an advisor to the Minister of Health you need to brief her on this false dichotomy in preparation for a press conference. Highlight the key points you would include in the briefing. Be prepared to present your briefing at the start of the workshop.