Commitment to Scientific Independence and Integrity
The California Council on Science and Technology is an independent, nonprofit organization, created by the State Legislature and Governor, that provides objective scientific analysis and recommendations to California’s policymakers. CCST’s advice is evidence-based, nonpolitical, and nonpartisan, and adheres to the highest level of integrity and ethical behavior.
To ensure these standards, CCST’s:
- syntheses and analyses are scientifically rigorous;
- recommendations are evidence-based, drawing on the sciences, engineering, and medicine – including the social and economic sciences – and other areas of expertise;
- conflict-of-interest policies ensure our work serves the public interest by avoiding both the appearance and reality of financial and other conflicts of interest, with unavoidable conflicts publicly disclosed along with the reasons for the conflict;
- work is conducted transparently, with sources of funding for all our work disclosed in our resulting publications.
CCST does not advocate on behalf of its partner institutions, collaborators, supporters, or any other entities. Nor does CCST permit others to influence our work. By supporting CCST, our founding institutions and others demonstrate their commitment to CCST’s values.
Our policies on research independence and integrity, summarized below, expand on these values.
All funds accepted by CCST, regardless of their source, are subject to stringent conditions to ensure that these funds do not influence the scope, objectivity, study methods, study group membership, or placement of the CCST Science Fellows. Read more about CCST’s financial reporting.
This Commitment to Scientific Independence and Integrity has been adopted and approved by the CCST Board of Directors. CCST retains the right to revise, replace, or supplement its policies. We continuously review our policies and procedures to ensure that we safeguard our independence. The posting of these policies is for information purposes only, and nothing in them creates any legal or contractual rights or duties. If you have questions, contact our Office of Communications.