Science Informed Leadership
Science Informed Leadership is a graduate student-led effort to promote the appointment of executive branch leaders with a demonstrated track record of evidence-based governance that is rooted in scientific evidence and consensus, especially with regard to policy and regulatory issues that directly affect science, energy, the environment, education, and public health.
We empower scientific advocacy by organizing communication resources to enable science-minded citizens to encourage their senators to consider federal appointments that affirm the importance of non-partisan, evidence-based decision-making.
who are science-informed leaders?
Science-informed leaders recognize that public policy requires good science and science requires good public policy. Science without policy has no application, and policy without science has no foundation; this necessitates a collegial relationship between leaders and scientists. Leaders in the executive branch shape the future of science in our nation by creating and implementing policy, directing scientific research and funding in their respective agencies, and advising the President on matters of national interest. An understanding and appreciation of science benefits executive branch leaders as they fulfill each of these roles.
they achieve this by...
Utilizing fact-based decision-making
- Recognizing that truth has no political agenda, and that while public policy is necessarily shaped by the values and experience of decision-makers, it must also be informed by facts and evidence, which cannot be rejected in the name of political expediency.
- Utilizing the best available scientific evidence when making policy and regulatory decisions, and readily deferring to scientists and experts.
- Understanding what science is, how it works, and the role that it plays in driving innovation and progress.
- Prioritizing funding of relevant and independent scientific research within the scope of their agencies.
- Advocating for the independent science sponsored and undertaken by their agency scientists and collaborators.
- Understanding the importance of separating scientific research from corporate or political influences.
- If holding a position where science is one part of a very diverse and complex job (e.g. Secretary of the Interior): having some background in science, an understanding of scientific principles, and a strong track record of engaging professional scientists when making decisions.
- If holding a position that deals exclusively with science (e.g. members of the Office of Science and Technology Policy): being an active research scientist, holding membership in academic societies, and engaging with the broader scientific community.