Federal Election 2019 - Science Policy Survey
On October 21st 2019, Canada will have a federal election. In advance of the election, Evidence for Democracy (E4D) will be engaging with political parties and candidates to push for policies that support science, evidence-informed decision-making, and transparency in their party platforms. We will also be developing tools and engagement opportunities for individuals, scientists and researchers to raise the profile of these issues in the lead up to the election.

E4D are currently preparing specific points regarding how we would like to see science and evidence incorporated into candidates' election platforms, and are finalizing our engagement plans. We want to hear from you!

What are the critical issues that you think are important heading into the federal election? What science topics should our political candidates focus on? What are the problems that matter to you?

E4D invites you to take the survey below to help us make sure that what we look for in Election 2019 policy platforms reflect the needs of our science and research community.

1. In your opinion, how important are the following issues heading into the 2019 election?
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Funding for science and research
Better coordination on science and research in Canada
Evidence-informed decision-making in government
Transparency and openness in federal science and research
Climate science and evidence-based action on climate change
Are there any other broad issue areas related to science and evidence that are important to you?
Your answer
2. In order to help us prioritize policy asks relating to increasing funding for research, how important would you rate increasing funding for the following areas?
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Funding for academic research
Funding for research trainees (e.g. graduate students)
Funding for federal government science
Research in climate science (e.g. atmospheric carbon monitoring)
Are there other science and research areas where you would like to see increases in funding?
Your answer
3. Pertaining to improved coordination on science and research, how important do you consider the following issues?
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Improving coordination between federal, provincial, and territorial governments
Improving coordination between federal and academic researchers
Creating a National Science Strategy
Are there other initiatives pertaining to coordination in science and research you'd like to see?
Your answer
4. Regarding evidence-informed decision-making in government, how important do you consider the following areas?
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Mechanisms to advance science advice in government (e.g. Departmental Science Advisors)
Opportunities for participatory democracy (e.g. increased public engagement in decision-making)
More transparency in government-decision making
Creating new avenues for scientists to share their work with federal decision makers
Are there any other initiatives to improve evidence-informed decision-making that you would like to see?
Your answer
5. Regarding openness and transparency in government science, how important do you consider the following topics?
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Implementation and adherence to Scientific Integrity Policies, designed to help scientists speak freely about their work
More work on open science and open data
Opportunities for public engagement on federal science and policy issues
Are there any other initiatives on openness and transparency that you would like to see?
Your answer
6. In terms of climate action, how important do you consider the following areas?
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Increasing funding to support climate science research (e.g. the PEARL laboratory)
Increasing public understanding of climate change and climate science
Advocating for climate policies in line with Canada's Paris agreement targets
Fact checking political statements and platforms pertaining to climate
Supporting a Canadian "Green New Deal"
Supporting the student climate strike
Are there other initiatives relating to climate action that you'd like to see?
Your answer
7. Evidence for Democracy is currently working on tools and opportunities to support scientists, researchers and evidence champions to engage around Election 2019. How interested would you be in using the following tools in the lead up to the election?
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Slightly Interested
Moderately Interested
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Extremely Interested
Information on how to engage with your local candidates on science issues
Support in hosting panels and/or town halls in your community on election issues
A science policy questionnaire sent to all the federal parties and analysis of their platforms
Training and tools on how to identify and address misinformation effectively
Pre-prepared letters/social media posts to share with your local candidates
Fact-checking and responding to misinformation from politicians
A letter-to-the-editor tool to help you amplify science as an issue in your community
8. Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Your answer
Would you like updates on this work going forward? If so, please leave your email below, and we will keep you updated! If you have any additional questions or comments, you can also reach out at kimberly@evidencefordemocracy.ca
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