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This guest blog is by Mary-Herbert Copley, who explores the links between evidence and deliberative design when engaging in problem-solving for our institutions. 

The 2016 federal budget announced on March 22nd marks a significant turning point for science in Canada. With increased support for the granting councils (NSERC, CIHR, and SSHRC) as well as government research, this budget represents a vast improvement over recent budgets. In addition to increased funding for science and research, there is a renewed commitment to support basic research with funding that is not tied to industry driven projects. Perhaps most promising, there is a commitment to evidence-based decision-making and a general recognition of the importance of science and innovation in Canada’s economy and society.

When it comes to evidence-based decision-making in health, clinical trials are the standard for determining if a drug is safe and effective. However, up to half of the information from these trials is never made available to doctors or patients.

The following piece by E4D's Executive Director, Dr. Katie Gibbs, was published on Cochrane Canada's blog in December 2015. 

On November 30th, leaders from across the globe meet in Paris for the 21st Conference of Parties, to discuss global solutions to climate change. On the eve of this, citizens across the globe are marching in the People's Climate March to demand action to prevent catastrophic climate change.