BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN SCIENCE AND POLICY
Assignment 2: Bridging the Gap between Science and Policy
Prepare a policy brief for decision makers explaining how environmental science is often not
well used in the policy making process. Your brief should provide evidence based on example
policies from an environmental management domain (e.g. biodiversity conservation, climate
change, water resource management, sustainable forest management, etc.) of your choice.
The policy brief must include recommendations regarding how the gap between
environmental science and policy making can be bridged in your chosen context.
Your policy brief should be 4-6 pages in length.
Using Chicago reference style. Link: https://libguides.murdoch.edu.au/Chicago/sample
Using journal article reference. BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN SCIENCE AND POLICY.
Bridging the Gap between Science and Policy
Public policies are important guidelines on how public issues are managed. These
policies arise from a concerted effort of different stakeholders and are meant to help the public
deal with challenges they are facing. Public policies are meant to propose the best solution to
public problems, but this is not always the case because some policies are not backed by
appropriate research evidence of the proposed solutions (Spruijt, Knol, Vasileiadou, Devilee,
Lebret, and Petersen 2014). This arises because of the gap between science and policy. Science
defines life in the modern society (Knaggard 2014). It is the foundation of all modern life
permeating all spheres of life in telecommunication, internet, transportation, medicine, public
health, agriculture, climate change, and other areas. Science is therefore called up to generate
evidence that is used in formulation of public policies that affects life (Singh, Tam, Sisk, Klain,
Mach, Martone & Chan 2014). As an analytical process that generates evidence by concrete
research data, science is founded on the hypothesis of tangible proof for any theory it advances.
However, there are scientific uncertainties that offer excuses for not implementing or adopting
the evidence-based practices recommended. Available evidence shows that such uncertainties
greatly affect how people believe in science and how they adopt recommendations given……
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