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Key concepts for making informed choices

The world abounds with claims about what works and what doesn’t, but as we’ve documented in numerous RealKM Magazine articles, many people fail to critically assess these claims. This results in people holding and transferring knowledge that isn’t evidence-based, leading to individuals and organisations making poor decisions.

To help address this problem, an alliance of over 20 researchers from 14 different fields has published a framework of “key concepts for informed choices” in an article1 in the journal Nature. The researchers hope that professionals and scientists in all fields will make use of the concepts.

The concepts are shown in Figure 1, and further information can be found in the Nature article.

Key concepts for making informed choices
Figure 1 (click to enlarge). Key concepts for making informed choices (source: Aronson et al. 2019).

Header image: A protest against genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Vancouver. Some community groups claim that GMOs have health and other negative impacts despite the evidence saying otherwise. Source: Adapted from Rosalee Yagihara on Flickr, CC BY 2.0.

Reference:

  1. Aronson, J.K. et al. (2019). Key concepts for making informed choices. Nature 572, 303-306.

Also published on Medium.

Bruce Boyes

Bruce Boyes (www.bruceboyes.info) is editor, lead writer, and a director of the award-winning RealKM Magazine (www.realkm.com) and currently also teaches in the University of NSW (UNSW) Foundation Studies program in China. He has expertise and experience in a wide range of areas including knowledge management (KM), environmental management, program and project management, writing and editing, stakeholder engagement, communications, and research. Bruce holds a Master of Environmental Management with Distinction and a Certificate of Technology (Electronics). With a demonstrated ability to identify and implement innovative solutions to social and ecological complexity, Bruce's many career highlights include establishing RealKM Magazine as an award-winning resource for knowledge managers, using agile and knowledge management approaches to oversee the implementation of an award-winning $77.4 million river recovery program in western Sydney on time and under budget, leading a knowledge strategy process for Australia's 56 natural resource management (NRM) regional organisations, pioneering collaborative learning and governance approaches to support communities to sustainably manage landscapes and catchments, and initiating and teaching two new knowledge management subjects at Shanxi University in China.

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