Evidence-based decision making is often seen as a goal of knowledge mobilization across many sectors including environmental management, healthcare, business, etc. The idea is that when good research, science and knowledge is at the heart of policy development and implementation, it can help people make well informed decisions about policies, programs, and projects. This is applicable in both public and private sectors.
But we also know that policy making is often not that simple and must also incorporate additional considerations such as the local context, community needs, political preferences, and resource availability.
Beyond these various types of evidence, decision-making can also be influenced by numerous factors such as ideology, trusted relationships, interactions among decision makers, personal values, strategic planning, etc. As a result, it can seem like some decisions are made to meet political goals rather than being informed by the current state of knowledge.
As knowledge mobilizers who are intent on influencing decision making processes based on new research or knowledge, how do we effectively understand and navigate the black box of decision making? What are the factors at play and how do they interact with scientific evidence?
Join us on Friday, February 10 to share your thoughts and experiences and reflect with colleagues facing the same questions. We look forward to a fun and informal conversation in a friendly environment!