Resources

We’ve synthesized the knowledge gained across the network to curate the most-useful resources available in bridging the research-practice gap. Click below to explore our resources. Check back often - we will be posting more resources as they become available.

  • Media

  • How to Talk to Reporters

    Reporters rely on researchers to explain complex issues. They will turn again and again to scholars who understand their needs and speak in accessible and compelling ways. Download this free guide to learn more.
  • How to Write a Compelling Op-Ed

    Opinion pieces are a good tool for building connections with the media, in addition to getting your research into the hands of policymakers and civic leaders. Download this free guide to learn more.
  • Best Practices for Clear, Convincing Communication

    Communicating with the media, whether in writing, on the phone, or in person, can be difficult when coming from an academic background. This cheat sheet will help you navigate how to talk to journalists, press offices, and others in the media about your work.

  • Membership

  • Tips for Applying to Scholars Strategy Network

    The Scholars Strategy Network (SSN) connects university-based researchers to journalists, policymakers, and other civic leaders to improve policy and strengthen democracy. Download this free guide to learn more.

  • Policy

  • How to Write a Fact Sheet for Civic Leaders

    Fact sheets can help provide the key points of policy-relevant research quickly and with clear implications for action. Download this free guide to learn more.
  • How to Solicit and Reply To Policy Questions

    Research is most likely to be used in policymaking when it answers a specific question. To assist decisionmakers in finding and synthesizing high-quality research, SSN members round up and distill existing research into concise, jargon-free memos. Download this free guide to learn more.
  • How to Write A Public Comment

    Public comments can bring research and expertise to bear on legislative decision making, proposed rule changes, and other important policy discussions. Download this free guide to learn more.
  • How to Write Talking Points for Civic Leaders

    Talking points are short, jargon-free nuggets of information that civic leaders can use when speaking on an issue. Download this free guide to learn more.