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Evidence-Informed Policy Making

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

Topic / Tool | Last updated: 22 Feb 2023

Learning & Development

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

Competence frameworks 

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Evidence users (e.g. policymakers) and providers (e.g. researchers) are faced with an urgent need to increase the capacities for effective policymaking to rise to the global challenges, to deliver innovative and future-proof policy solutions and not least to reinforce trust in both democracy and science.This requires complementary cross-cutting competences for researchers (evidence providers). 

To give guidance on the concrete competences behind the policymaking activities, the European Commission, led by the Joint Research Centre, developed two competence frameworks. The first is designed to guide policymaking organisations on the relevant competences for innovative, effective and evidence-informed policymaking, it is meant to support the EU Policymaking Hub as well as governments at national or regional level. The second framework aims at research organisations working at the science-policy interface, who are contributing to policymaking with evidence and advice.  Each framework, ‘unpacks’, at four proficiency levels, the collective set of skills, knowledge and attitudes desired. 

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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 

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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.

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Training-of-Trainers (ToT) 


The first edition of the ToT programme on science for policy took place in June and September 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 were selected to take part in the 2021 ToT programme.


The 2022 Call for applications is now open (deadline: 20 February 2022). 

Evidence for Policy Schools

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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. 



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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 .