Indiana University SPEA Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy University of Pennsylvania AIR American University

Panel Paper: Research Translation and Simplicity in Practice

Friday, November 13, 2015 : 10:55 AM
Brickell South (Hyatt Regency Miami)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Sarah Sattelmeyer, The Pew Charitable Trusts
As public and private data have become more widely available and as that data has become more complex, architects of public policy and programs increasingly benefit from research insights: Research translation enables a dialogue among academic researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and the media to advance the exchange of knowledge, information sharing, and ultimately, evidence-based practices.  

In this presentation, Sattelmeyer will focus on and discuss models for developing a common language withoutcompromising the accuracy or depth of research products, collecting and analyzing data with an eye toward public policy, and translating material for print and online publications and interactives.

As an example, Sattelmeyer will explore the financial well-being of families and the connection between short-term economic security and long-term economic mobility. She will describe the creation of academically rigorous yet policy-relevant research through work with a coalition of experts and Congressional staff from across the ideological spectrum, even in a polarized political environment.

Sattelmeyer will also discuss the importance of communication and translation partnerships in which researchers draw insights from program implementation and policy analysis. This multi-sided approach ensures the development of research, policy, and programs that address and reflect today’s social and political challenges.