Meet Ivana, E4D's Summer Research Assistant!

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - 13:35

As E4D’s summer research assistant, I will be working alongside Tej on the second phase of the “Eyes on Evidence” project.  This project aims to address and evaluate the transparency of evidence in policy in various departments of the government of Canada.  My role will be to help Tej find new policy announcements and apply the “Eyes on Evidence” framework to assess how transparent the use of evidence is in policy decisions within the government of Canada.

Recently, I have completed my bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at the University of Ottawa.  Biochemistry is a multi-disciplinary field combining chemistry, physiology, and biology that seeks to study how organisms, including humans, function.  Many findings in biochemistry are relevant to everyday life and society:  how to manage diseases (Covid!), improve food production, and develop new bioremediation techniques.  Because of my exposure to this multidisciplinary field, I have gained an appreciation for how important science is for the functioning of our society and government, and the importance of effectively communicating scientific findings to the general public.

My first experience in policy was when I worked at the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development as a Research Assistant in summer 2019.  During this work term, I helped to conduct and analyze surveys on the comprehension and compliance of the Occupational Health and Safety as well as Employment Standards acts.  I had the opportunity to talk to hundreds of employees and employers on how to improve the information presented on different employment policies.  As well, I got to work alongside many talented provincial employees that developed and upheld the policies set forth by the provincial government. From this experience, I have learned how important it is for employees to have access to relevant and accessible policy information. 

I’m excited to now work with Evidence for Democracy, where I can learn more about the inner workings of evidence-based policymaking utilizing my past skills and experiences.




Ivana Azdajic

Research Assistant

Ivana Azdajic recently completed her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at the University of Ottawa. Throughout this degree, she gained an appreciation for the impact that findings from this multidisciplinary have on day-to-day life and in turn the importance of communicating them effectively to the general public.