At every level, public debates and policy decisions are rarely informed by the best research and evidence. Too often public debates are not even grounded in facts. Poorly informed policy decisions may do more harm than good. Researchers and research institutions can help—if they are equipped with the skills and support. Scholars Strategy Network’s signature workshop, “Training Research to Inform Policy,” empowers scholars to become powerful players in policy debates. This workshop gives scholars the tools to map the policy landscape and build relationships with the leaders who work on the issues they study.
“Training Researchers to Inform Policy” (TRIP) is often hosted as a one-day, six-hour workshop. For this event, a few key modules will be offered to give scholars quick-paced hands-on introduction to effective strategies for policy engagement. This workshop is focused on one thing: practical, evidence-based steps researchers can take to ensure that research findings and researchers’ perspectives inform policy. Designed for accomplished senior professors and advanced graduate students alike, scholars leave TRIP workshops with tools to become powerful players in policy and build relationships with policymakers, civic leaders, and journalists. 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 1,000 researchers dedicated to using research to improve public policy and strengthen democracy.
Participants learn to:
- Build relationships with civic leaders and journalists
- Be ready for opportunities to inform policy
- Choose policy-relevant research questions
- Combine rigor and impact
- Be an effective public scholar in a politicized era
- Collaborate with other scholars to achieve policy impact
Two notes for consideration:
1) The TRIP workshop is typically a paid service SSN offers institutions, organizations, and its chapters. Generally costs include a speakers fee, travel and lodging. This is not expected in this instance, but costs of registration, travel, and lodging may be a barrier to participation depending on the rates.
2) This could be hosted as a concurrent session, with scholar presenters, a flash talk, or a workshop.
- Ben Miyamoto, Director of Membership & Research, Scholars Strategy Network