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Programme de rechercheEBP-BIOSOC

"Evidenced based Policy" in Agricultural and Environmental Policies

Research seminar in Rio de Janeiro

28-29 August 2008

The growing use of scientific and technical arguments fot consolidating and legitimising decisions within public intervention has posed new challenge to society, which directly affects the fields of knowledge prouction and of public policy making: the need to create the machanisms to facilitate and accelrate communication channels between knowledge production and decision makers within the public sphere. The quickness with which scientific consensus is achieved due to an increasingly wider and more complex knowledge production complicates this comunication. How can this wide and diverse production be convered and, at the same time, be accessible to decision makers, who devlop acts and measures that affect society directly? How can communication mechanisms between both sphere be curtailed so as to provide the widest range possible of alternatives based on consolidated an properly proven knowledge? What knowledge is moblilised by public policy managers (or decision makers) and what forms of access do they use to reach such sources? To what extent is the empirical validation of the knowledge mobilised for (political) actions effectively explained, evaluated, and taken into account by policy makers?
The present seminar will deal with some of these questions in light of diferent methodological and disciplinary perspectives, namely bringing the ues of "Evidence-Based Policy" methodology into the debate in order to observe how (and whether) public policy makers mobilise scientific sources during the process of public policy formulation. In this sense, some results of the project Agriculture and sustainable development in the problematic of "Public Policies Based on Evidence" (coordinated by Catherine Laurent, INRA-France) will be presented, which include information on France, Brazil and South Africa.
A program of the seminar is available here (download .pdf).