Policy decisions should be based on evidence in order to provide the most benefit for the health and safety of the public. However, there are scant guidelines for making sound evidence-based policy focused on the intersection of science and society.
Making science policy requires policymakers, scientists, and the public.
Scientists don't necessarily understand policy and policymakers don't necessarily understand science, and the public, well they may or may not understand either of these two realms. But those three groups bring differing perspectives, understandings, and contexts and each has their set of values that must be integrated to create sound policy.
The Brussels Declaration on the Ethics and Principles for Science and Society Policy-Making was published...