We are doing science for policy
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
In order to continue to provide a high standard of scientific and technical support to EU policy, the JRC carries out high-quality underpinning research, incoporating a wide-reaching, crosscutting approach.
This includes the anticipation of future societal challenges, monitoring significant trends through horizon scanning. Foresight and impact assessment studies are carried out to assess the potential impacts of policy developments and proposals.
Behavioural insights can be used to increase policy effectiveness through better understanding of people's actions and decisions. Drawing on existing or new behavioural evidence helps policymakers avoid relying on unrealistic assumptions about human behaviour.
Activities in the area of modelling develop sectoral models and model scenarios, producing data that allows policy makers to determine potential advantages and disadvantages of possible policy scenarios.