Just in Time: Getting Research to Policymakers and Making it Stick
(Politics, Media, and the Policy Process)
*Names in bold indicate Presenter
This roundtable session will provide practical guidance for researchers in academic setting who hope to move their work into policy settings. Research has the potential to inform policies at all levels. Yet, it is often difficult for such work to translate into action. In a time when policy makers are looking for evidence to drive decisions and researchers are increasingly determined to make an impact, this discussion can guide researchers.
These are some questions the session will address:
- Policy engagement: what does it mean and how can I do it?
- Why did the policymaker cross the road? She replied to my colleague’s email but not mine!
- I told the legislator to feel free to call if I could ever be helpful but s/he never called. Why?
A panel of current and former policymakers and researcher communication experts will discuss factors that hinder the use of research in policy decision making, strategies that foster collaboration, and strategies to bridge the gap between academia and policy making. Panelists will describe communication strategies that have worked along with those that did not, providing direct and actionable advice about how to improve research impact. The panel will discuss delivery mechanisms, messengers, timing, and other factors that may affect the impact research has on the policy world.