What does it mean to use evidence in policy?

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Evidence can help you make better decisions when evaluating policy.

Policymakers want to make good decisions and avoid blowback when things go wrong. Well-sourced, well-researched evidence leads to solid decision-making grounded in facts. Researchers in your state can help elected officials succeed by providing sound evidence to weigh the pros and cons of an issue. Apply the following key benefits using scientific method and reasoning.

  • Identify problem / opportunity

    E.g., Millions of dollars are wasted by making decisions that are not based on evidence.

  • Research and hypothesize

    E.g., My state will have its toughest problems solved because money- saving solutions will help my state thrive.

  • Consult experts, present findings, and rinse and repeat

    E.g., These are the reasons why