Defensible public policy and decision making requires sound information about and careful attention to both science and values. Science play a critical but bounded role: it will inform but never make decisions. Decision making is fundamentally based on values.
We've helped decision makers in many different sectors - energy, water, forestry, fisheries, wildlife, air, contaminants, and technology, to name a few - develop and evaluate innovative policies and regulations. Critically, we know how to engage the public, key stakeholder groups and First Nations in meaningful consultation and how to have a dialogue about values that produces results you can use to develop defensible public policy. We also know how to work with expert panels and deal with phenomenon of "dueling experts" - including scientific experts as well as other knowledge holders. We know what constitutes best practice in developing and evaluating public policy, and have advised and acted as reviewers in regulatory review processes.