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Social Systems Evidence provides policymakers and stakeholders with better access to research evidence


With a growing international focus on evidence-informed policymaking across government and on achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, Forum+ has launched the beta version of Social Systems Evidence to better support policymakers, stakeholders and researchers who want to access the best available research evidence in a timely manner.

“For all those looking for evidence to support policy decisions, we’re trying to help you do this better or more efficiently,” said John N. Lavis, Director of Forum+.

The addition to the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal of Social Systems Evidence content about the social aspects of aging (such as civic engagement, consumer protection, and transportation), will complement the high-quality information already provided about the health aspects of aging. The broader range of content will better support citizens in making informed decisions as they age.

Social Systems Evidence will soon be the world’s most comprehensive, continuously updated repository of research evidence about the programs, services and products available in 16 government sectors and program areas (i.e., community and social services, culture and gender, economic development and growth, education, transportation), as well as the governance, financial and delivery arrangements within which these programs and services are provided, and the implementation strategies that can help to ensure that these programs and services get to those who need them.

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