21/07/2020

Open access to Science for Policy Handbook published by the EC's Joint Research Centre (JRC)

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Science for Policy Handbook provides advice on how to bring science to the attention of policymakers. The handbook is dedicated to researchers and research organisations aiming to achieve policy impact. The print version of the book is based on an open access version, available on Elsevier’s ScienceDirect platform. https://www.sciencedirect.com/book/9780128225967/science-for-policy-hand...

Today we face major policy challenges, which cannot be solved without scientific evidence. Science and policy are different worlds, but they must collaborate closely in order to address wicked problems of our age.

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service, with a mission to bring science and knowledge into EU policymaking. Over the past years, it has embraced new types of knowledge and practices in order to increase the impact of research on European policies. The Science for Policy Handbook presents the lessons learnt along the way, applicable not just in the EU context.

The book puts together advice on new skills and practices for individual researchers, but also discusses elements of institutional change – knowledge areas and processes in which to invest. It puts co-creation at the centre of Science for Policy 2.0, a more integrated model of knowledge-policy relationship.

Key Features

  • Covers the vital area of science for policymaking

  • Includes contributions from leading practitioners from the Joint Research Centre/European Commission

  • Based around key skills for practitioners at the science-policy interface, needed for effective evidence-informed policymaking

  • Presents processes of knowledge production relevant for a more holistic science-policy relationship, as well as particularly sought after types of knowledge useful in policymaking

Download the book here