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Dealing with uncertainty in communication with policy makers

If you are among those scientists who from time to time talk to non-scientific audiences, you might already have been in a situation in which people expect definitive answers to questions which you would rather prefer to answer with phrases like “We still don’t know…” or “It depends…”.

If that’s the case, you might like the article How to tell policy makers about scientific uncertainty that was published on SciDevNet. The article deals in a very nice manner with the problem of uncertainty in scientific studies, which often conflicts with the demand for definite answers by the audience (in this case policy makers). After shedding some light on that problem, the article proceeds with giving some useful guidelines for a proper dealing with uncertainty in science communication.

While focusing very much on natural sciences and policy makers, the content of the article is easily transferable to the field of economics or policy analysis and to audiences of any other kind of decision makers.

 

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