Science for Policy

Policy choices have the greatest chance to benefit the broader society when grounded in the best available knowledge and understanding.  

The information generated through scientific research can help inform and improve decisions. This information may be produced by universities, labs, companies, federal agencies, think tanks, and beyond. It provides information that can help decision makers better understand the nature of the scientific problems they face. Science for policy can explain the current situation of a problem and highlight potential externalities and impacts in the future. Through data, models, experiments, and theoretical analyses, the knowledge and findings produced by scientific research can help guide decision making for any number of scientific and technological problems faced by society.