Our purpose is to be the link that ensures that researchers have the right tools to communicate the outcomes of their projects to policymakers as accurately as possible. We try to support their efforts to reach policymakers and ensure that there is a reliable flow of information from the researchers to their target audiences which may include the media, the public and local governments. For policymakers, our efforts ensure that they can make policies based on evidence.
The purpose of evidence-based policymaking is to ensure that policymakers only use information that they already know to inform future decisions. The approach focuses on rigorous research and analysis of findings when coming up with new policies. The research findings may also be used to improve existing policies. It is a great choice for socio-economic sciences and humanity programs. The adoption of evidence-based policymaking is growing steadily over the last few years. However, some public agencies still lack the capacity, funds, or will to adopt the practice. Evidence-based policymaking can help policies makes to adopt debates that are based on evidence and not personal opinions or prejudice. It promotes transparency and accountability because it is possible to have a clear picture of the things that policyholders can do to improve certain issues, the cost, and the results that they can achieve. It focuses on outcomes and the effectiveness of social interventions and establishing whether or not resources are used efficiently. Policy makers get to learn a few things from researchers and researchers may also learn from policymakers. It is a continuous cycle of learning and improving.
Principles of Evidence-Based Policymaking
The principles of evidence-based policymaking are guidelines that ensure that policymakers come up with their decisions and policies based on findings that researchers present. They are ideas that policymakers can use to promote evidence-based policymaking. They include the following.
Build and Compile Evidence
Evidence refers to the facts and other findings obtained from research. They indicate whether or not a certain proposition is true. We believe that researchers should find and compile as much evidence as possible to support their findings. They should find reliable ways of compiling and analyzing evidence.
Innovation means using theoretical knowledge and research to come up with new ways to deal with policy challenges. It involves testing various approaches to determine how effectively a new approach could work. Encouraging and offering incentives or innovators is an important step towards improving evidence-based policymaking. It is especially useful for cases where there is little or no research to deal with specific challenges in a community. Policymakers can test new approaches to see whether or not they work.
Our goal as SCOOP is to ensure that policymakers adopt the use of evidence-based policymaking and that researchers provide them with information that is accurate, easy to interpret, and reliable. Even though evidence and research cannot be the only factors to consider when coming up with policies, they are some of the most important. They tell policymakers what works and what does not.