Synthesising and presenting complex evidence for policy making: Experience with annual report cards

Synthesising and presenting complex evidence for policy making: Experience with annual report cards

This paper looks at the experience of the Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership in addressing the challenges of assembling a high-quality body of evidence in an area that is experiencing constant change and where research from a wide range of bodies is hard to collect.

Members of the MCCIP gather together evidence on main policy-relevant issues and provide a realistic assessment of how confident scientists are in their knowledge about what is currently happening, and what is likely to happen in future. The report cards synthesise the evidence so it is accessible to non-specialist policy-makers and the public. 
This makes it easy for marine policymakers to access and understand complex evidence.

This innovative method of synthesising and presenting complext evidence has wide relevance for other sectors, and other countries.

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