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.
Make Your Research Matter
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.
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