Scientific Evidence & Policy

Video games • Behavioral addictions • Systematic review methods

What counts as scientific evidence is often much different from the body of scientific literature. Policy makers sometimes don’t understand the difference between high-quality evidence and evidence that lacks strength. Sometimes policy decisions don’t take into account stakeholder perspectives, leading to ineffective or non-implementable policy. We make clear what is known and not known and can help clarify appropriate next steps for decision-making.

Using Open Science demonstrates a commitment to transparency. Below are some links to projects Dr Michelle Colder Carras has led or taken part in. These Open Science Framework documents provide some information about the type of work we specialize in, including behavioral addictions such as gaming disorder/internet gaming disorder.

Example project

12/3/2018 Presentation to the World Health Organization Dialogue with Gaming Industry: Video gaming and public health

In the context of the potential benefits of video games and conflation between types of technology “addictions”, this overview addressed how to make the best use of current and future evidence to ensure that public health needs are properly addressed going forward. Part of the 2016 Behavioral Addiction: Open Definition Development Open Science Framework project created by Joel Billieux.