Wednesday 24 February 2010
The Agency’s Science and Evidence Strategy 2010–2015 sets out how we will use science and evidence to improve food safety and the balance of people's diets.
The strategy describes our strategic priorities for the evidence we will need and the activities we will carry out, to make sure we obtain and use that evidence effectively to support the delivery of our Strategy for 2010–2015, measure progress, inform development of our future strategy, and support our ability to deliver in the long-term.
The strategy has six priority evidence themes – these are the areas that we need key evidence in to deliver our strategic objectives, test progress, and identify and shape our future priorities:
- food safety – UK production and consumption
- food safety – imports
- healthier food products and diets
- food behaviours and information
- effective risk-based and proportionate regulation
- strategic and cross-cutting evidence and analysis
The first five themes address Agency strategic outcomes directly, while the sixth supports longer-term work that looks beyond 2015.
The strategy has five priority activity themes – these are the actions that we will take to obtain and use evidence effectively:
- identifying and obtaining the evidence we need
- interpretation, knowledge transfer and translation
- knowledge, skills and capabilities
- appraisal and evaluation
There are two key innovations in this strategy:
- Using a broader definition of evidence – to make sure we bring together all the relevant expertise and evidence. This goes beyond commissioning new work and includes giving proper emphasis to using existing evidence, translating evidence into actions, and evaluating impacts.
- Prioritisation of our evidence needs – this is in the form of an evidence plan of the main work we aim to commission for the next one to two years, which we will refresh annually. The evidence plan is available at the link below. Any comments on the plan should be sent to Alisdair Wotherspoon.
The UK cross-government strategy for food research and innovation, which was published in January 2010, sets out how the Government plans to maximise the contribution of research and innovation to meeting its goals on food, providing stronger links between research activities across the public sector.
It does not set out to replace or replicate the Agency's research strategy, but aims to draw more strongly on the links between different research funders and provide a framework for focusing on cross-cutting issues where collaboration is beneficial. The strategy can be viewed on the GO-Science website at the link below.
For further information on the Agency's science strategy contact:
Dr Patrick Miller
Chief Scientist Team
Food Standards Agency
London WC2B 6NH
tel: 020 7276 8277