Twelve essentials of science-based policy

Prev Chronic Dis. 2005 Oct;2(4):A16. Epub 2005 Sep 15.


This article presents a systematic framework of 12 essentials, or basic elements, of science-based policy. The 12 essentials are grouped into three categories, or areas, as follows: 1) knowledge generation, which includes credible design, accurate data, sound analysis, and comprehensive synthesis; 2) knowledge exchange, which includes relevant content, appropriate translation, timely dissemination, and modulated release; and 3) knowledge uptake, which includes accessible information, readable message, motivated user, and rewarding outcome.

MeSH terms

  • Bias
  • Canada
  • Confounding Factors, Epidemiologic
  • Decision Making
  • Evidence-Based Medicine*
  • Health Education
  • Health Policy*
  • Health Services Research
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Research Design
  • Science