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Thursday, November 14 • 3:30pm - 4:50pm
Evidence in Practice: How do Decision-Makers Obtain and Use Information? / Données probantes dans la pratique : Comment les décideurs obtiennent-ils et utilisent-ils l'information?

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Panel Organized by: Kimberly Girling, Evidence for Democracy

The Government of Canada emphasizes the importance of evidence-informed decision- making. How does evidence feed in to government decisions in practice? When decision-makers need information, where do they get it? Who informs their decisions? How do they weigh information from different sources? What kinds of data can they take into account and why?

Panelists will discuss results from three new studies investigating how evidence is gathered and used by decision-makers, based on one-on-one interviews with Members of Parliament, public servants, and the US Senate. A former MP will also share firsthand experience. The panel will aim to demystify the process of evidence-informed decision- making and examine how the process differs across sectors, countries and contexts. Panelists will also discuss what could be improved in the cycle and provide solutions for how experts can better engage in the process.

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Preston Manning

Founder, Manning Foundation for Democratic Education; Manning Centre for Building Democracy
Preston Manning, PC CC AOE is the Founder of the Manning Foundation for Democratic Education and the Manning Centre for Building Democracy which seek to strengthen the knowledge, skills, principles, and ethical foundations of participants in Canada’s political processes.Mr. Manning... Read More →

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Ted Hsu

Former Member of Parliament
Ted Hsu is a former Member of Parliament. He has also worked as a research physicist and business manager. Currently Ted is co-chair of the Kingston Mayor's Task Force on Housing. He also sits on the board of the Fields Institute for Research in the Mathematical Sciences and is an... Read More →
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Kimberly Girling

Research and Policy Director, Evidence for Democracy
Kimberly Girling started her career as a scientist, earning a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia where she developed novel therapeutics for Huntington's Disease, a neurodegenerative illness. During her work in science, she learned that good science must move... Read More →
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Karen Akerlof

Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University
Karen Akerlof is a senior research scientist at Decision Research and affiliate faculty at George Mason University. She studies the ways in which communities interpret scientific information and bring experience, values, and local knowledge to bear in making decisions. She explores... Read More →
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Briony M. Lalor

Co-founder/Director, Nature Hudson
Briony has an interest in developing and sharing knowledge about the ways people can interact with each other, society and the natural environment to advance global sustainability. In 2011 she completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at McGill University where she conducted research into... Read More →

Thursday November 14, 2019 3:30pm - 4:50pm EST
Governor General III