Those of you that follow my blog and whitepapers know that ultimately, the value of data is in informing better decisions. Data collection activities must flow seamlessly into decision support activities. Success in achieving effective data to decisions is varied. These authors recommend: (1) recognizing the sources of human decisions and thinking and understanding their role in the scientific progression to knowledge; (2) considering innate human needs and biases, beliefs, heuristics, and values that may need to be countered or embraced; and (3) creating science and policy governance that is inclusive, integrated, considerate of diversity, explicit, and accountable.

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