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July 30, 2015

(Ottawa – July 30, 2015) Demand-driven, independent, evidence-based, peer-reviewed, and diagnostic – these are the hallmarks of a Council of Canadian Academies’ assessment report. Today, the Council released its 2014/15 Annual Report, Evidence First: Celebrating 10 Years.

The report highlights the Council’s achievements over the past decade and overviews the important impact of its assessment reports. This past year saw the release of eight such reports covering topics as diverse as children’s medicine, policing, digital heritage, energy prices, health data, science culture, information technology, and the environmental impacts of shale gas extraction.

“Informing public policy through evidence-based, independent, expert panel reports is the Council’s raison d'être,” said Janet Bax, Interim President of the Council of Canadian Academies. “After 10 years of work, we are very pleased to see so many of our reports being used to inform discussions and policy decisions in Canada and around the world.”

Recently welcoming the federal government’s funding announcement of $15M over five years for expert panel assessments, and having been referred two privately funded assessment projects, the Council is gearing up for a productive and influential future. To learn more about the Council and its active assessments, visit the Assessments In Progress page.

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About the Council of Canadian Academies

The Council of Canadian Academies is an independent, not-for-profit organization that began operation in 2005. The Council undertakes independent, authoritative, science-based, expert assessments that inform public policy development in Canada. Assessments are conducted by independent, multidisciplinary panels (groups) of experts from across Canada and abroad. Panel members serve free of charge and many are Fellows of the Council’s Member Academies. The Council's vision is to be a trusted voice for science in the public interest. For more information about the Council or its assessments, please visit www.scienceadvice.ca.

 

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Samantha Rae Ayoub

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Council of Canadian Academies

T: 613-567-5000 x 256

M: 613-698-6765

samantha.rae@scienceadvice.ca

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