14 strategies for providing trusted advice to decision makers are described by Chris Cvitanovic and Rebecca Shellock in their blog post at https://i2insights.org/2021/07/27/trust-at-science-policy-interface/. They are: 1) ensure process is transparent, 2) do not advocate for specific outcome, 3) have regular contact, 4) demonstrate independence, 5) acknowledge risks & limitations, 6) ensure data quality control, 7) get advice independently reviewed, 8) do not defend advice, 9) allow time for trust to form, 10) ensure those generating advice are experts, 11) listen & accept feedback, 12) share successes, 13) provide advice requested, 14) be mindful of political sensitivities. They also provide 5 steps to repair damaged trust: (i) be honest about mistakes made, (ii) identify how occurred, (iii) make sure wont re-occur, (iv) correct mistakes, (v) give it time.


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