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MAKING SCIENCE-BASED POLICY DECISIONS

Resources for the Education of Professional School Students

As science plays an ever increasing role in policy decisions, the Committee on Preparing the Next Generation of Policy Makers for Science-Based Decisions, an ad hoc committee under the auspices of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Committee on Science, Technology, and Law (CSTL), has overseen the development of educational modules that elucidate the role of science in decision-making for professional school students, with a particular emphasis on scientific and statistical methods of inference. The individually authored modules and contextual materials are hosted on this site.  The site also contains a note from the committee co-chairs that describes the background and purpose of the project. The website and materials will evolve and grow over time.

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A NOTE FROM COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS
PAUL BREST & SAUL PERLMUTTER
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During the course of their careers, most professional school students will be required to make decisions in which scientific and technical knowledge play a critical role. Yet many of these students will graduate without an adequate understanding of fundamental principles of scientific methodology or causal inference, and hence without a basis for understanding and assessing particular scientific claims...

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Nine educational modules were developed to elucidate the role of science in decision-making for professional school students.
 
The modules do not seek to replicate graduate science programs in schools offering public policy training.  Rather, they are designed to present scientific principles in the context of public policy debates that involve issues that professional school students may encounter so they may become informed consumers of scientific research and information. 

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