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Public invited to scrutinise government policy

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has launched an ‘evidence check’ scheme to involve the public in analysing government policies.

The scheme, mooted by committee chairwoman Nicola Blackwood last year and launched on 6 January, aims to allow the public and experts to analyse, scrutinise and comment on the evidence underpinning government policies.

It builds on a similar system used by the House of Commons Education Committee in the last parliament. However, the science committee’s version will ask for submissions to be more structured, based on recommendations made in the Show Your Workings framework developed by the Institute for Government, Sense about Science and the Alliance for Useful Evidence.

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