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Marie Claire Brisbois and colleagues advise scientists to interact with government policy analysts to improve evidence-based policy (see Nature 555, 165; 2018). In our experience, the interaction between academia and policymakers needs to be a two-way process.

We are members of the Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity across the Nexus, a consortium of academics and practitioners who work with UK government departments and agencies to improve policy evaluation and design across the water–energy–food–environment nexus. We test and promote innovative methods and approaches through co-designed and co-produced case studies that span, for instance, rural policy after Brexit, energy security and food-safety regulation.

Progress in these complex policy areas depends on sharing knowledge and building trust and capacity with civil servants across the political spectrum.

Nature 556, 174 (2018)

doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-04167-4

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