The Research-to-Policy Collaboration (RPC) works to bring together research professionals and public officials to support evidence-based policy.
The mission of the RPC is to strengthen the use of research in policy by facilitating meaningful, action-oriented collaboration between legislative officials and researchers. The initiative’s primary goal is to support the non-partisan use of scientific evidence by facilitating partnerships between researchers (including applied research/evaluation) and lawmakers.
Our approach involves 3 primary objectives:
- Identify legislative priorities and opportunities for leveraging evidence-based strategies through interviews with legislative staff.
- Coalesce a Rapid Response Network comprised of individuals with research expertise related to legislative priorities.
- Support legislative offices by coordinating a response to legislative needs or inquiries.
The Research-to-Policy Collaboration relies on the coordinating power of a handful of staff who are supported by a range of voluntary researchers at various career stages. Working most closely on both brokering researcher-policymaker interactions as well as evaluating processes that optimize their impact are the RPC Co-Directors, Policy Associate, fellows, and interns.