Thursday, September 16, 2010

How Do You Translate Research into Policy?

Special thanks to Gretchen Wright for PR Solutions for helping INQRI researchers understand how to use their research to impact policy.  Gretchen reviewed the Foundation's policies in regards to connecting with policymakers and offered some solid tips:
  • Share your 3-4 most important pieces of data.
  • Avoid jargon and acronyms.
  • Tell a story or use an analogy to convey impact.
  • Remember that methodology is not most important thing to convey to policymakers - they need to know what you found and what it means.
Gretchen also recommended two resources:
"Am I Making Myself Clear? by Cornelia Dean
"Making Data Talk" by David Nelson, Bradford Hesse, Robert Croyle

Thank you, Gretchen, for sharing your thoughts with us... as this was the last presentation of the meeting, we will all leave the 2010 INQRI annual meeting thinking about how research can make a difference!!

Here's to this year's meeting and we can't wait for 2011!

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