Strengthening Science-Based Decision-Making in Developing Countries

EPA Grant Number: X3830860
Title: Strengthening Science-Based Decision-Making in Developing Countries
Investigators: Boright, John , Holliday, Laura
Current Investigators: Boright, John , Holliday, Laura , Koshel, Pat
Institution: The National Academies
EPA Project Officer: Klieforth, Barbara I
Project Period: March 25, 2003 through August 31, 2006
Project Amount: $260,000
RFA: Interdisciplinary (2002) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Environmental Justice


The overall objective of this research project is to facilitate better communication between scientists, policymakers, and other decision-makers so that scientific knowledge can influence more effectively public policy and private sector decisions relating to sustainability in developing countries.

The specific objectives of this research project are to: (1) foster improved understanding of the science and decision-making process (including national and local policy, industrial design and planning, and public choices) relevant to the problem the workshop is addressing; (2) establish a dialogue that enhances decision-makers' use of science in the decision-making process and considers decision-makers' needs in the development of research priorities; (3) identify the gaps between the needs of decision-makers and scientific research priorities and strategies for overcoming these gaps, including ways to increase the professional connection between scientists and decision-makers; and (4) via workshop summaries and briefings, share what has been learned in the workshops with a broader audience of scientists and decision-makers in the host country and internationally.

Publications and Presentations:

Publications have been submitted on this project: View all 3 publications for this project

Supplemental Keywords:

policymakers, decision-making processes, scientific knowledge, developing countries, nongovernmental organizations, NGOs, research priorities, national and local policy, science organizations, Yucatan, persistent organic pollutants, POPs, economic risks, public health risks,, RFA, Economic, Social, & Behavioral Science Research Program, Scientific Discipline, Environmental Chemistry, decision-making, Social Science, Economics & Decision Making, developing countries, science based decision making, environmental decision making, decision making, industrial chemists, behavior change

Progress and Final Reports:

  • 2003 Progress Report
  • 2004
  • 2005 Progress Report
  • Final Report