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Evidence-Informed Policy Making

Helping researchers and policymakers better connect scientific knowledge and policymaking in the EU and worldwide.

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Developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of researchers and policymaker to better connect scientific knowledge and policymaking, worldwide

Evidence-Informed Policy Making

Competence frameworks 

The Commission is trying to promote excellence in policymaking through anticipating, developing, implementing and evaluating policies in an evidence-informed, transparent and collaborative way with stakeholders, citizens and experts. Key to achieving this goal is developing the capacity and skills of both policymakers and researchers.

The JRC has therefore been leading and facilitating work to develop 2 competence frameworks, one on transversal competences needed by policymakers and one for researchers working at the science-policy interface. Each framework, ‘unpacks’, at 4 proficiency levels, the collective set of skills, knowledge and attitudes desired. 

We would value your comments and feedback to these draft versions of the competence framework(s) for policymakers and/or researchers  before the 8th of September.

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This course is essential for researchers who would like their research results to have greater policy impact, but may not have the know-how to communicate effectively with policy makers. 

The Science for Policy e-learning course provides the skills that researchers need to increase the impact of their research results on policy and society at large. 

Designed for early to mid-career researchers. The course equips participants with state-of-the-art knowledge and best practice examples from the field. Participants engage in interactive games and self-assessments to gauge their progress. 

The 60 minutes course can be followed at the learner’s convenience and own pace.



Training material 

2-day professional training course material on assessing science, understanding policymaking processes and gaining insight into the interaction between the different paradigms in which scientists, policymakers and politicians operate. It will help scientists  to become reflexive practitioners, mastering the complex task of providing the appropriate knowledge and services with confidence, skill and respect for their scientific and institutional values.

Training material


Training-of-Trainers (ToT) 

The first edition of the ToT programme on science for policy took place in June 2021. The programme is targeting researchers and facilitators from EU countries, who are interested in helping researchers in EU countries to have greater impact on policy and society at large. 

Following a call for applications, 16 pairs of trainers from across the EU have been selected to take part in the 2021 ToT programme.



Evidence for Policy Schools

The Evidence for Policy School is a flagship event of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) to reach out to mid-level scientists, policymakers and practitioners to improve the science-policy interface in Member States. 








How are policies made? Ideally, be weighing the facts and taking the most sensible decision. Reality looks different: data is often ignored or skewed by our biases. This video proposes some ways to go for changing that .