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Consultation: Guidelines on Scientific Analysis in Policy Making

This response to the OST's consultation on its Guidelines on Scientific Analysis in Policy Making has been prepared by Dr Catherine Lyall and Professor Joyce Tait of the ESRC Innogen Centre, in consultation with the Centre's Co-Directors, Professor David Wield, Professor of Innovation and Development, Open University and Professor Robin Williams, Director of the Institute for the Study of Science Technology and Innovation, University of Edinburgh.

Our response takes the form of some observations on the OST's draft text, organised under the headings used in the draft, followed by our responses to the two main consultation questions. Some additional reference material that we believe may be relevant is included in an appendix.

Note: the Office of Science and Technology, later renamed the Office of Science and Innovation, ran from 1992 to 2007 and is now part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.