Bringing values and deliberation to science communication
August 13, 2013 - Author: Thomas Dietz
Journal or Book Title: PNAS
Keywords: analytic deliberation; climate change; environmental decision making; trust in science
Volume/Issue: Early Edition
Year Published: 2013
Decisions always involve both facts and values, whereas most science communication focuses only on facts. If science communication is intended to inform decisions, it must be competent with regard to both facts and values. Public participation inevitably involves both facts and values. Research on public participation suggests that linking scientiï¬c analysis to public deliberation in an iterative process can help decision making deal effectively with both facts and values. Thus, linked analysis and deliberation can be an effective tool for science communication. However, challenges remain in conducting such process at the national and global scales, in enhancing trust, and in reconciling diverse values.
Type of Publication: Journal Article