Designed to empower researchers with skills and strategies to make your work matter more to policymakers.
Policy Engagement Workshop
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.
Building relationships to improve policy
Research and other forms evidence should be used to improve public policy, but that does not always happen. Scholars find it difficult to navigate the policy process. At the heart of SSN's one-day workshop is one key insight: policymakers make decisions by turning to people and sources they already know and trust.
To make a significant contribution to policy, scholars need strategies. The strategies presented in SSN's workshop come from the collected lessons of eight years of organizational learning, combined with reviews of the latest research on the conditions when research is most likely to be used in policymaking and over 40 interviews with researchers, policymakers and civic leaders.
SSN trainings are offered around the nation for groups as small as 10 and as big as 75. Specific trainings are often customized. To sign up for a workshop, please find scheduled trainings above. More dates are added frequently.
SSN thanks the William T. Grant Foundation for their generous support in making the Policy Engagement Workshop program possible.