Knowledge alone is insufficient to meet the food safety challenges of the 21st Century. We need to translate the insights gained through the best available scientific research into action – into policies and practices that can effect change. Yet, there is often a disconnect between what we know and what we do – the “know-do gap” – that often results in reactive systems rather than proactive ones.
CFI works to translate science into practical, evidence-informed policies and practices that prevent foodborne disease and protect public health. We view ourselves as knowledge brokers. Knowledge brokering goes beyond translational research, using a two-way, interactive approach that both encourages decision-makers to be more responsive to research findings, and stimulates researchers to conduct relevant studies that can translate, in a meaningful way, to better decision-making.
Evidence-informed food safety policies are vital to preventing foodborne disease and protecting public health, and are the foundation of CFI’s outreach and public service efforts. We strive to deliver research findings to food safety stakeholders using their preferred delivery channels and formats that match their information needs – which often differs from traditional means of communicating research findings. Effective dissemination of relevant research is critical to bridging the research-policy gap and promoting evidence-informed decision-making.
CFI’s objective is to provide the best available science on various food safety topics and effectively disseminate that information to individuals or groups engaged in developing evidence-informed policies and practices. It’s one of the ways we achieve our mission of creating and maintaining a positive food safety culture, from farm to table, and beyond.