TRIP University of Washington

Lizzy Ghedi-Ehrlich
Director of Policy for Women's Health and Equality
Paola Maynard-Moll
Director of Policy

Training Researchers to Inform Policy

A 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.

A 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 secure the role of research in policy, spur evidence-based policy reform and innovation, and lead to rich new research directions and partnerships.

Evidence-based Best Practices for Public Engagement

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 1,000 researchers dedicated to using research to improve public policy and strengthen democracy.

Participants learn to:

  • Become a trusted resource to civic leaders and policymakers

  • 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


Petersen Room 485
Allen Library
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
United States

TRIP University of Washington

Make your work matter more to policymakers today!

Academic Interests
Policy Engagement Experience
On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rank your experience in presenting your findings to non-academic stakeholders such as policymakers, civic organizations, or practitioners? With 1 being novice and 10 being expert.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rank your experience in working with the media, such as writing op-eds, participating in interviews, or social media? With 1 being novice and 10 being expert.
Do you think it's important for scholars to engage publicly with policymakers and the media?
Engagement Importance