Source: Govern Yourself Accordingly

#5: The Push for Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Canadian Politics (and why it still needs a push): Interview with Dr. Katie Gibbs

Dr. Katie Gibbs is a scientist and one of the founders of the national non-profit Evidence for Democracy a group dedicated to “the transparent use of evidence in government decision-making in Canada.”


Evidence for Democracy – or E4D as they call themselves – is a movement that began in 2012 while Stephen Harper was still Canada’s Prime Minister, and leading a government that was well known for ignoring evidence, muzzling government scientists and burying their research.


On today’s episode, Katie joins us to talk about:

  • The strategies her group used to get evidence on the agenda during the last government
  • How they’ve had to change their approach since Justin Trudeau took office, and
  • whether evidence and democracy are even compatible


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