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

Roundtable: Transforming Research and Analysis to Action: Engagement Across the Academic and Policy Divide
(The Impacts of Politics on the Policy Process)

Thursday, November 12, 2015: 10:15 AM-11:45 AM
President's Room (Hyatt Regency Miami)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Roundtable Organizers:  Angela Evans, University of Texas, Austin
Moderators:  Angela Evans, University of Texas, Austin
Speakers:  Jenny Morrison, Texas A&M University, David Swindell, Arizona State University, Sim Sitkin, Duke University and Demetra Smith Nightingale, U.S. Department of Labor

The roundtable is made up of experts who will discuss the current role evidence plays in bridging the gap that now exists between those who conduct research and those who use that research to inform policy deliberations. The panelists also will describe innovative approaches, based upon their research and efforts to build and sustain multidisciplinary networks, which are making inroads into solving perceived intractable policy problems. Jenny Knowles Morrison has been the co-principal investigator on several NSF grants aimed at determining how best to make the knowledge and expertise resident in academia more accessible and relevant to the policymaking community. Mahmud Farooque represents the STEM sciences and has had years of experience in developing research agendas to study the movement of scientific research to address social and economic issues. Sim Sitkin has worked to build sustained relationships that promote the application of rigorous behavioral science research to public-and private-sector policymaking. David Swindell has conducted research at the state, local, and commnity levels to determine the principle factors contributing to effective and ongoing partnerships between academia and the policymaking communities.