Poverty and inequality, tax and fiscal issues, health outcomes, and integration of immigrants are among some of the issues researchers from across the country will discuss during the Evidence-Based Policy Formation and Evaluation Conference being held Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at the Wu Conference Centre, UNB Fredericton.

A crucial component of effective policymaking is that policy be consistent with the best availableempirical evidence; however, years of fiscal challenges and budget crises have meant our governments’ capacity to formulate evidence-based policy islimited.  Not only is it limited in terms of the ability to conduct evaluative research, but also to interpret the available evidence effectively.

Academia has an increasingly important role to play in doing research that is relevant to governments’ policy needs, and transferring their research findings effectively. This conference will have active participation of senior staff from the Government of New Brunswick; the goal is to find ways to produce more, and interpret existing evidence-based policy for New Brunswickers and beyond.

The conference is held annually and organized by the Canadian Research Data Centre Network and The University of New Brunswick Research Data Centre (UNBRDC).

For more information, contact Natasha Ashfield.

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