Standing up for science and smart decision-making in Canada.

We all benefit when governments make smart policy decisions, informed by the best available evidence.

Evidence for Democracy (E4D) is the leading fact-driven, non-partisan, not-for-profit organization promoting the transparent use of evidence in government decision-making in Canada.

Through research, education and issue campaigns, we engage and empower the science community while cultivating public and political demand for evidence-informed decision-making.

Our Work

Our issue-based campaigns tackle emerging issues affecting science and evidence-informed public policy in Canada. We work with national and local partners to organize events, raise awareness, and engage the public directly with policy-makers.

Our training program puts knowledge and skills into the hands of Canada’s scientific community and the wider public. We facilitate expert panels, lectures, and documentary screenings to educate Canadians on issues concerning evidence-informed decision-making. We also design and deliver original hands-on workshops providing training for communication and action to support science in Canada.

Our original research program addresses knowledge gaps at the interface of policy and evidence. We identify what works, what hasn’t, and what opportunities exist for improvement. Our critical analyses are intended for use by government, industry, NGOs and the public to strengthen the inclusion evidence-informed decision-making in policy.

Our Vision

  • Strong public policies, built on the best available evidence, for the health and prosperity of all Canadians.
  • A thriving democracy where citizens are informed and engaged, and all levels of government are both transparent and accountable.
  • A national culture that values science and evidence and the important role they play in our society.

Our beginning

In 2012, the role of evidence-informed public policy was thrust into the spotlight as never before. That July, thousands of Canadians, concerned about the diminishing role of evidence in government decision-making, banded together in nationwide ‘Death of Evidence’ rallies. Their demand was clear: we need transparent evidence-informed decision-making for a strong democracy and for the well-being of all Canadians. With this momentum, co-organizers of the Death of Evidence went on to form Evidence for Democracy, which has since become the leading voice working for evidence-informed policy in Canada.