New trends in science communication fostering evidence-informed policymaking

Gábor Szüdi*, Pamela Bartar, Gorazd Weiss, Giuseppe Pellegrini, Marina Tulin, Tessa Oomen

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Abstract

This article aims to assess novel trends in science communication relating to how policymakers in the field of innovation and digitalisation policy consume and use scientific findings. We investigate the mutual influence that science communication and policy have on each other and answer the question how emerging science communication trends in the science-policy nexus might influence the use of scientific findings in the policymaking process.

By using Google and the largest scholarly repositories, Google Scholar, ResearchGate, and Academia.edu, from 1st March to 31st May 2020, we reviewed policy documents and academic literature containing relevant information on the evolution of characteristics of global, European, and national science communication activities and the interrelated policy responses to identify the most relevant current trends in the evidence-to-policy process alongside three key challenges; trust, translation, and timing. The three identified main trends are (1) a stronger engagement between science and policy, (2) more open, reliable, and accountable science communication practices with policymakers, and (3) the increasing digitalisation and visualisation of science communication.

We deepened our investigation by conducting online semi-structured interviews with relevant policy stakeholders at the international and national level between 1st May and 31st July 2020. With the support of the European Commission and building on the existing network of partners, we identified decision-makers and advisors with relevant experience in fields related to innovation and digitalisation policy working in four countries that represent different levels of generalized social trust: Austria, Italy, Hungary, and the Netherlands, and at the international/European Union level.

After an online consultation process with a global set of policymakers, these theoretical findings were translated to policy recommendations showcasing possible solutions in science communication that may be initiated, strengthened, or continued by policy stakeholders in order to reach a more effective and efficient uptake of scientific findings in evidence-informed policymaking.
Original languageEnglish
Article number78
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
JournalOpen Research Europe
Volume2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Oct 2023

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