How should science advice fit into the overall policy process, including the broad reform agenda (such as the generation of evidence for policy, and strengthening policy development and foresight in the public service)?
What examples and experience do you have where advice has been effectively sourced and applied?
What examples and experience do you have where advice could be more effectively sourced and applied?
How could any existing sources be better mobilised?
What kind of individual skills and competencies do science advisors, scientists, and government officials need to develop to effectively populate or engage with science advisory structures?
How can we make sure that citizen involvement, public trust and experience-based knowledge is included in any science advisory structure?
How can the Irish system be better-connected to EU and EU-27 science advice processes?
Please email or post your answers to the questions below to:
Science advice consultation submission contact
Science Advice Consultation, Innovation and Research Organisations and Programmes, Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, 52 St Stephen’s Green
, Dublin 2
, D02 DR67
The closing date for submissions is 5pm on 30 September 2022. We cannot consider submissions received after this time.
Several sources or models of science advice have evolved across different government departments. Departments have established strategic policy or research and evaluation units to strengthen the evidence base underpinning policy development. Though there may be differences in the structure and level of existing activity, several of these units have successfully created a strong research presence and established links to the research sector. These support the communication and integration of ongoing research and data analysis in the policy development process.
Researchers in the Oireachtas Library and Research Services can also give advice, offering Members of the Oireachtas access to expertise in:
Also, the National Economic and Social Council advises the Taoiseach and Government on strategic policy issues about sustainable economic, social and environment development in Ireland.
The Civil Service Renewal 2030 Strategy has identified the need for improved policy development, coordination and investment in the strategic policy infrastructure across government, in order to deliver key strategic priorities.
This consultation offers an opportunity to explore wider views on how science advice could be sourced to:
support cohesive and informed policy development across government
ensure cross-sectoral synergies are identified and exploited to best effect
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