[ASC-list] Beyond Science Communication: Informative versus Prescriptive Advocacy
kovamic at gmail.com
Thu Feb 6 23:38:38 UTC 2014
Would be interested to think what ASC-ers think of this article in light of
the conversations taking place at this week's conference:
"In essence, communicating science involves boiling down the discoveries of
the practicing scientific community to their accurate bullet points, and
highlighting the societally relevant impacts. Informative advocacy
involves taking that science to decision-makers (and the general public),
and pointing out scientifically sound paths to desired destinations. But
it is left to the decision makers (often our elected officials) to decide
which of the multiple pathways to solving a particular problem are the most
practical to pursue, taking into account the layout of the entire
Communicating science and informative advocacy identifies destinations and
available paths, but does not barricade some paths in favor others.
Prescriptive advocacy, on the other hand, is all about making arguments
that your path is better than any other one. The problem with prescriptive
advocacy is that you can tie the hands of decision makers, making it more
difficult for them to find the best route through what is usually a complex
maze of needs and opportunities."
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