The workbooks are targeted to researchers in life science who wish to communicate research findings to policymakers. Educators can use them as a learning resource to advance education in life sciences at the science-policy interface.
Engaging in the science-policy dialogue means that scientific knowledge is used to generate options for policies. These options need to be embedded in acceptance and decision processes that are democratically legitimated by society.
We emphasize a participatory approach to policymaking, where scientists aim to generate evidence and knowledge in productive partnership with other stakeholders and the public, thus, providing information for debate and contributing their part to recognizing the problem, and formulating, implementing and assessing of policy scenarios.
Volume 1 introduces you to the concepts of evidence-based policymaking. We discuss the role of science in the policymaking context. You will learn about methods and tools to improve the science-policy dialogue.
In volume 3 we concentrate on how scientists can communicate science through the media: classical media, as well as social media. Mass media and journalists are institutional gatekeepers in the policymaking process, mainly through selection, as well as through the framing of information. The media act as translators between government actions and public attitudes. In order to maximize the chances of getting research to the media, scientists have to provide information in a timely and targeted manner.
Volume 6 explores the role of scientists in the science-policy dialogue. It provides an overview of the most important elements of the Swiss political system. It outlines the general structure and law-making process and discusses how scientific experts are able to exert influence on political processes and decisions. In contrast to political systems, where the only official political participation of citizens is the election of representatives, Switzerland has a political system of direct democracy, which means that people decide directly on many policies by regular referendums
Volume 7 reflects on how to generate impact chains. For the monitoring and evaluation of policies, it is useful to conceptualize impact chains in order to contrast the intended with observable impacts. ′Logic models′ and ′theories of change′ are commonly used tools to illustrate impact chains and to develop indicators for the assessment of the effectiveness of policies. Policy evaluation is seen as the last step of the policy cycle; however, policy evaluation can inform any step in the policy cycle and support ongoing planning, adaptation and learning.