Improving the Use of Research Evidence in Policy: A Workshop for Faculty

Date: August 15th from 1:30-3:30pm
Location: 116 Biobehavioral Health Building (Zoom option is also available, see registration for details)

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*Registration is required; Kindly register no later than Friday, August 10th

Scientists rarely receive formal training on ways to engage in the policymaking process or how to translate their work for a legislative audience (Biglan, 2016; Dobbins et al., 2009). This workshop builds on the training approach employed by the Research-to-Policy Collaboration (RPC) model, which operates by identifying policy priorities and facilitating connections between legislative staff and relevant research experts. The RPC model seeks to address barriers to the use of empirical evidence by policymakers, which is the emphasis of this training. The workshop will cover: the research on barriers and facilitators of the use of empirical evidence in public policy (e.g., trusting relationships), how researchers can seek to engage in the legislative process, and how to avoid the “slippery slope” of lobbying regulation.

Tentative Program:
I. Introduction: Improving policymakers’ use of research

II. How researchers can support evidence-based policy

III. Large group discussion and Q&A

If you have any questions regarding this event or the registration, please contact Rebecca Shultz at rag212@psu.edu.

Sponsored by SSRI's Integrated Data Systems Consortium