Training Researchers to Inform Policy

Make Your Research Matter

Everyday, policymakers make decisions that could either help or hurt communities. When decisions are not informed by the best research and evidence, public policy may do more harm than good. Researchers and research institutions can help.

Powerful Relationships

Identify key people and organizations and formulate specific steps to take to develop relationships with them

Windows of Opportunity

Recognize opportunities where your research can inform policy decision-making

Better Research Questions

Work with policymakers and civic leaders to determine more effective research questions

Your Role to Play

Make the most of different opportunities, from helping conceptualize problems to creating research-practice partnerships

Watch our 90-second explainer to learn about training researchers to inform policy.

About the training

An One Day Workshop

Training Researchers to Inform Policy is a one-day workshop that gives scholars a hands-on introduction to effective principles of policy engagement. Designed for accomplished senior professors and advanced graduate students alike, scholars leave Training Researchers to Inform Policy workshops with tools to become powerful players in policy and build relationships with policymakers, civic leaders, and journalists.

An Unique Training

Training Researchers to Inform Policy is focused on one thing: giving researchers evidence-based, practical steps they take to ensure that research findings and researchers’ perspectives inform policy. The workshop gives scholars tools to map the policy landscape, identify decision makers and powerful players who work on the issues they study, and build relationships. These relationships can make research matter to policy, spur evidence-based policy reform and innovation, and lead to rich new research directions and partnerships.

Evidence-Based Practices

Training Researchers to Inform Policy is based on research about when policymakers use research -- and when they don’t. The curriculum draws on an in-depth literature review and dozens of interviews with researchers and practitioners. It also draws on six years of organizational learning by the Scholars Strategy Network, a nationwide interdisciplinary community of over 1,400 researchers dedicated to using research to improve public policy and strengthen democracy.

What You'll Learn

Participants learn to:

  • Become a trusted resource to policymakers and civic leaders
  • Identify opportunities when your research can have the greatest impact on policy
  • Choose policy-relevant research questions
  • Combine rigor and impact
  • Be an effective public scholar in a politicized era

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Host a workshop or receive notifications about future workshops. You can also contact Pao Maynard-Moll at [email protected]
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