Evidence-Based Policy Making during Times of Uncertainty
Recommendations to harmonise and guide health policy making through the lens of future policy makers.
The Covid-19 pandemic has not only outlined the importance of using evidence in the healthcare policy making process but also the complexity of interactions that exists between policymakers and the scientific community. As a matter of fact, science is just one of many other concurrent, including economic, social and cultural factors, that may provide the rationale for policy-making. The pandemic has also raised citizens’ awareness and represented an unprecedented moment of willingness to access and understand the evidence underpinning health policies.
Twelve students previously enrolled in a course at the School of Public Affairs at Sciences Po worked on these questions and generated policy recommendations for a better uptake of evidence into policy-making. Their recommendations highlight the need to rethink the entire health policy cycle through institutional incentives but also invite for a change of mindset and more effective tools to translate ‘languages’ between policymakers and the scientific community to better understand each other. This input from this younger generation of students highlights the importance of making the conversation on evidence-based policy making in health accessible to all generations and backgrounds.
Following a presentation of policy recommendations to improve evidence-based policy making in health, through the lens of a young generation of public policy students and future policymakers, a roundtable involving experts representing both the researchers and policy-makers will follow.
- Students of the Global Health Policy Stream of the School of Public Affairs
- Dr. Mona Nasser, DDS, MSc, PhD, Associate Professor in Evidence based Dentistry at University of Plymouth
- Yann Le Cam, Chief Executive Officer, EURORDIS-Rare Diseases Europe
- Christine Berling, PhD, Head of European and International Affairs at the Directorate General for Health, Ministry of Solidarity and Health, France.
Moderation by Louisa Stüwe, Project Lead eHealth, France EU Presidency, Ministry of Solidarity and Health, France; Visiting Lecturer at Sciences Po.
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