Eco Evidence for systematic causal inference and knowledge transfer between science and policy

D Skinner, J. Webb, Susan Nichols, Michael Stewardson

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    Abstract

    Effectively transferring complex scientific ideas into the policy domain is a serious challenge, but an essential one given the important role of science in assessing the implications of a changing climate and resulting water shortages in Australia. Eco Evidence, a method for conducting systematic reviews of the scientific literature using causal criteria analysis, was developed for the eWater CRC to help bridge this gap between science and policy. It provides a transparent and repeatable method for assessing the strength of the available scientific evidence regarding particular management actions. However, if evidence is used to justify decisions rather than to provide options and likely outcomes of these options to stakeholders, its effectiveness can be undermined. By drawing on interdisciplinary theories of uncertainty in the science-policy arena, this paper demonstrates how Eco Evidence can be used in evidence-based practice in a manner that does not interfere with the effective participation of a range of stakeholders in the decision-making process.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationClimate Change 2012: Water and Climate: Policy Implementation Changes; Proceedings of the 2nd Practical Responses to Climate Change Conference, 1-3 May 2012, Canberra
    EditorsEngineers Australia
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    PublisherEngineers Australia
    Pages647-654
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)9780858259119
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventClimate Change 2012: Water and Climate: Policy Implementation Changes - Canberra , Canberra , Australia
    Duration: 1 May 20123 May 2012

    Conference

    ConferenceClimate Change 2012: Water and Climate: Policy Implementation Changes
    CountryAustralia
    CityCanberra
    Period1/05/123/05/12

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