Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Kaitohutohu Mātanga Pūtaiao Matua ki te Pirimia
A trusted, independent, accessible, bridge between science, society, and government.
Inclusive, Rigorous, Transparent, Accessible
To provide advice to the Prime Minister on scientific matters and to ensure that advice given is robust, fairly represents expert views, and is responsive to criticism and review.
Our Terms of Reference:
Our Terms of reference are available to download here.
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- Build communication systems that embrace diversity of culture, backgrounds, interests and needs.
- Facilitate the group of Departmental Science Advisors to achieve a stronger community of practice.
- Build an extended community of expertise that can provide robust criticism, education, and contributions to advice.
- Identify key gaps in advice networks.
- Consult with public and research community over key science issues.
To build and maintain a robust and reliable science advice system
- To undertake activities that enhance the use of science and evidence in policy formation and evaluation across government.
- To acknowledge and include Te Ao Māori world view.
- Act as a nexus or conduit for stakeholders in science advice.
- Connect with communities who can provide advice.
- Challenge poor science advice where necessary.
- Share good practice for science advice.
- Identify and work with agencies, offices, or groups who have similar priorities.
Build and maintain trust in the office.
- Harness the best science of the day, to further the resilience, wellbeing, and aspirations of all New Zealanders.
- Provide stakeholders with independent advice.
- Provide an accessible interface with the research community and the public.
- Stay abreast of key international initiatives in science advice.
- Facilitate conversations.
- Communicate regularly, reliably, and openly.
- Ensure the integrity of our advice.
- Be responsive.
To build strong relationships with key stakeholders
- Convene a forum of Science Advisors across government.
- Clearly delineate mechanisms to provide advice to officials and Ministers that is timely, valuable, and rigorous.
- Meet with sectors, groups, concerned parties, and members of the broader science system.
- Build formal and semi-formal networks of advice, assurance and peer review within the science and research sector.
- Connect advice sectors with communities who are effected by science advice.
- Recognise our communities, listen to them, and build systems that acknowledge their expectations around advice.
- Deepen relationships with key international science advisors, with a priority on Australia
To put service to our communities at the core of our activities.
- Identify areas of concern, where advice, clarity or science information is needed.
- Develop advice that is usable, intelligible, and valued.
- Ensure transparent, useful, and timely advice is in the hands of those who need it.
- Ask rather than presume.
- Build communities of respect for knowledge and respect for different ways of knowing.
To champion an inclusive science system and support increased diversity
- Embrace and champion diversity.
- Build an inclusive culture that supports and values diversity
- Highlight initiatives that build inclusive communities.
- Build a network of people to advise on strategies of inclusion.
Develop communication strategies that build confidence in our processes, and communicate the limits of advice.
- Reduce redundancy of advice mechanisms, through identifying gaps.
- Summarise, explain, and be timely with advice.
- Recognise different mechanisms for people to access our advice, and different ways for people to understand and know what it means.
- Acknowledge the need to frame advice in ways that embrace the diversity of our audience.
- Be succinct in communications.
- Consult widely, and listen.
- Engage with the views of others. Seek to understand. Engage the advice of others.
- Show processes, and talk openly.
Measures of success
- Cited as a credible authority.
- Demonstrable impact of advice e.g. policy changes.
- Clarity of science in regulation, policy, or procedures enhanced.
- Increased commissioned research.
- Scope and limits of science advice recognised.
- Confidence of Ministers, Ministries/Departments/Agencies.
- Sought out for advice; actively consulted.
- Respected point of connection.
- PMCSA is a “trusted knowledge broker” – at the table where science advice is needed, or potentially needed.
- Science Advisory Forum strengthened, consulted, and acknowledged.
Public Measures of Success
- PMCSA invited to speak in wide variety of forums.
- Press interested in activities.
- PMCSA is recognised as a community leader.
- Community understanding of the role.
- Increasing web and social media traffic.
- Recognition of wider advisory network