With a focus on risk assessment and management, this @Risk public panel explored the extent to which the results of stakeholder deliberation are being or should be incorporated in evidence-informed decision-making. Coming from a variety of perspectives, the panelists addressed a number of questions, such as: How does evidence from different sources and of different kinds influence decision-making? How are the results of public deliberative processes being used in regulatory decision-making in the nuclear industry? And from an Ottawa-based NGO perspective, thereby also bringing a local flavour to the panel, what are the perceptions of inclusion and impact?
The @Risk Research Team held its annual workshop in Ottawa. This two-day event was composed of a public panel and a full day working session. The public session, entitled “Managing Risk: Should the Public be Engaged based on Values, not Risks?”, explored opportunities and challenges for improving public engagement in risk management by including public values. During the working session, the Team discussed and advanced case study comparisons, the draft comparative framework, design considerations for the survey component planned for the fall, and outreach and engagement opportunities.
The @Risk Research Team met in Ottawa to launch the Partnership Development Grant. A public lecture kicked off the session, entitled “Managing risk in a post-trust era”. Speakers included team members Rukhsana Ahmed, Erick Lachapelle, Kieran O’Doherty, and Gregor Wolbring. The Team then discussed case study dimensions, a draft analytical framework, the preliminary workplan and early design considerations for the survey component planned for Year 2.
Workshop and reception to mobilize existing knowledge, foster relationships and elucidate promising areas of shared interest. Participants included senior practitioners from the energy, genomics and public health sectors and faculty and students from seven universities and multiple disciplines including political science, engineering, communications, psychology, geography, law and philosophy.
The public Lecture: “Where did all the baby bottles go? Canada’s regulation of BPA and democratic risk management", by Wilfrid Laurier University Professor Simon Kiss kicks off an ISSP-facilitated research project on the cross-cutting concept of risk management, democratization, and evidence-based decision-making.