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Understanding, assessing and applying non-expert contributions to scientific advisory bodies - CB01078

In formulating and delivering policies in areas of scientific disagreement, uncertainty or public concern, the Office of Science and Technology’s ‘Guidelines 2000: Scientific Advice and Policy Making’, advise Government Departments to draw on a range of the best expert sources, including ‘lay members of advisory groups.’ This research specification enquires into this advice through a proposal to examine the theory and practice of lay involvement.

The project will address this deficit by examining the concept and practicalities of lay membership on Government advisory committees, paying particular attention to the Advisory Committee for Hazardous Substances (ACHS) , which is in the process of recruiting a lay member. It will also consider the effectiveness of lay membership relative to other methods of public involvement, such as, enhanced provision for stakeholder engagement in strategic commissions and exercises in citizen participation. The aim is to provide policy makers and regulators with critical and accessible advice on these issues.

Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2006

To: 2007

Cost: £65,047
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - Liverpool
Science Policy              
Fields of Study
Chemicals and Nanotechnology