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By Rhonda Moore, Farah Qaiser, Jeff Kinder, and Rachael Maxwell

The Institute on Governance (IOG) and Evidence for Democracy (E4D) have partnered together to offer a non-partisan analysis* of science and innovation commitments in the Bloc Quebecois, Conservative, Green, Liberal and NDP party political platforms, through a lens of policy for science and science for policy.


COVID-19 has put science in the global spotlight like never before. From immunology, virology and epidemiology, to genome sequencing and mRNA vaccines, the solutions delivered by science have unfolded at a pace unmatched by nearly any other tool at our disposal over the past 18 months. This problem-solving capacity should not be tucked away for the next crisis, but deliberately deployed as an approach to tackling our biggest challenges. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated, science should be shared in plain language — so that readers can easily find, understand and use information. Recognizing this, Evidence for Democracy (E4D) has prepared a toolkit that technical experts can use to write plain language summaries

The path to evidence-informed decision-making isn’t paved - it’s transparent

Over the years, E4D has advocated for the transparent use of evidence in government decision-making in many different ways. We’ve led campaigns on science advice and research funding, conducted original research on science integrity and how politicians find and use evidence, and developed resources for the research community to help bridge the science and policy worlds. 

Straight to the source!

Whether you get your news from articles, blogs, videos, or social media, being able to distinguish fact from fiction is a necessary skill. Independent fact checkers like Snopes and FactCheck.org are great tools to have on hand, however, your own critical thinking can be the best first line of defense against misinformation. This blog post will help you develop the skills to evaluate whether what you read, hear, or watch is reliable information.

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