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Decision Integrity (DIL) is a research and coaching enterprise working on holistic approaches that benefit sustainable systems, projects, communities, organisations and societies with special emphasis on transformative resilience.

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Today's challenges to policy and governance are globally enmeshed in multiple complex networks and systems. The result is that we have shifted from the complicated world to a complex world which has less predictable properties such as acceleration, emergence and discontinuity. This new pattern profoundly challenges the adaptive capacity of our legacy systems of government, which are modelled on hierarchy, segmentation, and fragmentation into silos.

One major approach to dealing with the complexity is to improve understanding of context by introducing more science-based research, data and evidence to inform policy. This is certainly an improvement on purely speculative policy which has not been grounded in pertinent information and interpretation. But it also depends heavily on the dominant science paradigm of determinism which is well-suited to the complicated world but increasingly fails in the complex world. It fails to take into account uncertainty, value loading, and a plurality of legitimate judgemental perspectives.

Second-order science offers a fresh perspective on how policy and science might relate for better results.

Second-order Science and Policy