Evidence for Democracy


Eyes on evidence - what we heard

In this report, the authors share key insights gleaned from federal and provincial discussions and reflect on whether government systems, structures, and resources in Canada are equipped to deliver on commitments to evidence-informed decision-making in a manner that is accessible to the general public.

Eyes on evidence III: an assessment of the transparency of evidence usage across provincial policy announcements

Transparency is a prerequisite to enabling evidence-informed decision-making. In this study, the authors apply a transparency framework to assess the transparency of evidence usage in provincial policies issued by the governments of Ontario, British Columbia and Saskatchewan, and compare transparency in policy-making across the Canadian...
Case study

Evidence-informed decision-making in Canada: how a grassroots movement restored respect for science - a case study

Evidence for Democracy believes that Canadian scientists and the public played a significant role in pushing for the return of science-informed decisions in the federal government. In other words, grassroots advocacy and organising created real change, and influenced the shift toward evidence-informed decision making.

Lessons learned from E4D’s Science to Policy Accelerator

In February and March 2022, Evidence for Democracy hosted 25 early-career researchers for their inaugural Science to Policy Accelerator program. This article outlines some of the program’s key takeaways about public policy, and how scientists and researchers can contribute to the science policy ecosystem in...

Eyes on evidence II: an assessment of the transparency of evidence usage in the Government of Canada

Policy-making is a complex and nuanced process, where policy actors must make sense of constantly evolving information in order to deliver policies that best serve the needs of the people. In this study, the authors apply a framework to assess the transparency of evidence use...