Dr Ben Goldacre: on politics and evidence based policy

A good reminder from Rob of what we should always keep in the forefront of our professional minds.

UK Environmental Health Research Network

I write this quickly, at the end of my lunch break before re-entering the world of PhD Chapter 7, the relations between EHPs and politicians! My lunch was made more pleasant by the discovery of this video-clip made by Dr Ben Goldacre for the BBC’s  Newsnight programme:

http://www.badscience.net/2015/02/i-did-a-newsnight-thing-about-how-politics-needs-better-data/

Here Ben argues that our democracy could be improved by more evidence based policy in politics both to improve practice and to better hold our politicians to account if they fail to deliver. All these arguments apply to our own environmental health worlds, but I would differ slightly in that we need to utilise all the research tools available (not just randomised trials) towards better understanding what works and what doesn’t!

In UK election year I thought the video was also a timely reminder of our eBook (page 7) advice on evidence:

  • Tune your ‘warning antennae’ to alert you every time you see…

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