The demand for useful evidence for health policy making: a response from WHO Regional Office for Europe
Diretora, Divisão de Informação, HEN, OMS - Escritório Regional para a Europa - Dinamarca
The question of how to create better policies using the best evidence points towards using the best available evidence. But research is not the only source of evidence for the complex process of policy-making; other factors are also important besides evidence from research, or to circumvent the lack of scientific evidence. This is legitimate and fully acceptable in a democracy. The challenge is how to balance all these important factors: how to make sure that the available evidence from sound research is known and taken into account; and how to avoid confining policy-making only to evidence that comes in formally organized and structured forms, namely research.
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