Lawmakers and policymakers
Lawmakers and policymakers should consider the needs of all stakeholders and use SE and other fact-based and data-driven methods when developing public policies. SE should be the “go to” process for developing solutions for complex societal problems, just as it is the “go to” process for engineers developing complex products and systems.
Of course, while politicians are campaigning for office, they should express and promote their (often partisan) ideas—so voters can form their opinions about the best path forward. However, once elected, leaders should consider everyone’s needs and find nonpartisan solutions whenever possible. SE can help lawmakers and policymakers develop fair and balanced solutions—regardless where they stand on the political spectrum—without abandoning their core beliefs or alienating their core supporters.
Candidates for office at all levels can draw favorable attention to themselves and advance the public interest by promoting nonpartisan reform of the political system.