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Transparency and uncertainty in scientific advisory bodies: five European case studies

Brown, K, Timotijevic, L, De Wit, L, Brito Garcia, N, Roszkowski, W, Sonne, A, Lahteenmaki, L and Raats, M (2011) Transparency and uncertainty in scientific advisory bodies: five European case studies In: 11th European Nutrition Conference (FENS), 2011-10-26 - 2011-10-29, Madrid, Spain.

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Introduction: There have been calls within Europe to harmonise the process of setting micronutrient recommendations and share best practice between countries and regions. However the various scientific advisory bodies (SAB) responsible for setting recommendations appear to differ by their statutory model of operation as well as the degree of transparency available throughout the decision making process. particularly concerning the handling of risk and uncertainty. Objectives: The present study explored how risk and uncertainty was handled in SABs across Europe. Particular attention was paid to understanding the types of deliberations surrounding the terms of reference. selection of expertise. sources of evidence. evaluation of evidence and communication of findings to policy decision makers. wider stakeholders and the general public. Method/Design: A retrospective in-depth case study design was used to explore how risk and uncertainty were handled in the SABs concerning the vitamin D and folate nutrient recommendations in five countries/regions: England. the Netherlands. Poland. Spain and the Nordic countries. A case study consisted of semi-structured interviews with at least two members of SAB as well as in-depth desk research surrounding the recommendations. Interview data was analysed in the native language using template analysis and a skeleton coding structure created and modified by partners during preliminary analyses. Thematic analysis was then carried out by each country and an English-translated summary of identified themes and illustrative quotes was produced and combined with the desk research to form each case study. Results: This paper will explore any disparity in decision making around risk and uncertainty across countries/regions and micronutrients. Conclusions: Implications for the interaction between science and policy in terms of evidence based policy decision making will be discussed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Brown, K
Timotijevic, L
De Wit, L
Brito Garcia, N
Roszkowski, W
Sonne, A
Lahteenmaki, L
Raats, M
Date : 2011
Uncontrolled Keywords : Eurreca, scientific advisory bodies, case studies, uncertainty, transparency
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Mar 2017 13:44
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 15:01

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