Measuring the Use and Influence of Research-Based Information

Effective use of research-based information is critical for informed decision- and policy-making. However, assessing the use and influence of such information can pose significant challenges due to the complex interactions between scientific knowledge, policy processes, and stakeholder interests (Bogenschneider et al., 2021; Englund et al., 2022; Soomai et al., 2016). In this blog post, we […]

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What to Expect When Designing Public Consultations: Lessons from the Literature

Public involvement is key for policy development and revision. Governments undertake public consultation exercises to fulfil policy objectives ranging from information-sharing and increasing public acceptance to engaging in bi-lateral partnerships and power-sharing agreements (Doberstein, 2022; Health Canada, 2001).   Public consultations can increase the perceived legitimacy of public decisions, build trust in institutions, and ensure that […]

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New Paper: Information, Public Decision Making, and Climate Change: The Many Roles of Grey Literature

Today, the volume of information about the far-reaching effects of climate change is massive and growing. Following the discovery in the early decades of the twentieth century that rising global temperatures were primarily caused by carbon dioxide emissions, the number of publications on climate subjects rapidly spiralled upward, particularly since 2000. These publications could aid […]

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What is Evidence? Perspectives on Its Role in Policy Making

In this post, we investigate the various forms and difficulties associated with interpreting evidence and highlight its multifaceted nature. We consider the issue of different interpretations of evidence and emphasize the vital role of quality assurance processes such as peer review, which aim to assure the reliability and credibility of research. To effectively support policymakers’ […]

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Where are local communities in Marine Spatial Planning?

How can local communities benefit from and be involved in marine spatial planning (MSP) was the top-of-mind question at a one-day workshop at Dalhousie University in Halifax on Thursday, 22 February 2024. Over 70 participants including representatives of non-governmental organizations, Mi’kmaw organizations, industry, academia, and government, and interested members of the public spent the day […]

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New Paper: An Ocean Science-Policy Interface Standing the Test of Time

Since its establishment in 1969 by the United Nations, the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP) has been “providing authoritative, independent, interdisciplinary scientific advice to organisations and governments to support the protection and sustainable use of the marine environment.” GESAMP’s “first major task was to provide the main […]

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Living in a Global Environmental Emergency Ward: The Need to Address Problems with Science, Action, and Speed

As the 2023 summer came to an end eastern Canada was in the midst of another hurricane season. By then, three storms had barreled up the Atlantic coast, with post-tropical storm Lee hitting the region directly. These storms followed several months of unsettled weather, resulting in Nova Scotia being marred by wildfires, excessive rain, unusual […]

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Information Science Public Lecture on Open Science

As increasing attention is being paid to implementing Open Science globally, the Environmental Information: Use and Influence research program is pleased to co-sponsor the upcoming Information Science Public Lecture on this subject.   Co-sponsored by the Dalhousie University Office of the Vice President-Research and Innovation, the Dalhousie University Libraries, the Faculties of Arts and Social […]

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Discovery of the 1984 Canadian Society of Environmental Biology Report — Decision-Making: The Role of Environmental Information

Serendipitous discoveries often fuel breakthroughs or important insights in research in the natural, health, and social sciences. This is true in the field of “grey literature,” particularly its use and influence, which has been a running theme of the Environmental Information: Use and Influence (EIUI) research program since its inception. Excellent reports are produced but […]

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New Paper: Measuring Engagement with Shark Research in Science, News and Social Media, and Policy: A Bibliometric Analysis

What does research say about the shark species that navigate oceans all over the world? Is it critical to protect them? Does relevant scientific knowledge make its way to policymakers and journalists alike? In a study published on 13 September 2023 in Marine Policy, an internationally renowned journal dealing with marine affairs, we analyzed the […]

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