Mahmud Farooque is the Associate Director of the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO) and a Clinical Associate Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society (SFIS) at Arizona State University. Mahmud’s work at the ASU Washington Center focuses on making science more democratic and useful. The useful component engages boundary practitioners at the science and policy interface for reconciling the supply of and demand for scientific information (RSD). The democratic component leverages a distributed institutional network of academics, educators and analysts for participatory technology assessment (pTA).
The federal government should broaden institutional capacity to collect and integrate evidence on public values into policy and decision making.
The next administration should establish a Participatory Technology Assessment unit to ensure federal S&T decisions benefit society.