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“One of the key challenges for all governments is how to make the best use of evidence in both policy formation and policy evaluation. The challenges are multiple: to identify what research and knowledge is needed; to identify appropriate sources of that knowledge; to ascertain the validity, quality and relevance of the knowledge obtained; and to understand how that knowledge informs a range of potential policy options. As science has become more complex and impacts on every aspect of our lives, offering solutions to many of the problems the world confronts, these issues become more urgent. Yet science alone does not and should not make policy — it provides a basis of information on which other dimensions, including societal values, public opinion, affordability and diplomatic considerations, must be added while also accommodating the political process. But policy made in the absence of information and science-based evidence can only be made on the basis of dogma, and is less likely to serve the country well.”