The Research-to-Policy Collaboration (RPC) is an evidence-based, theory-driven,
non-partisan, and replicable model for bridging research and policy by building partnerships between research-oriented professionals and policymakers.
The RPC recognizes that mutual trust and direct interaction between researchers and legislative staff are needed to elevate the use of research in evidence. Researchers are searching ways to engage in policy yet they have little support. We, therefore, developed a process to prepare and connect researchers with policymakers based on shared interests. Check out the RPC Logic Model.
Ultimately, we envision the RPC approach as a structured opportunity for applying research in the policymaking context.
Public- or policy-facing research communications are routinely disseminated through our electronic infrastructure for testing science communication strategies, which includes products created by RPC researchers or partnering organizations. Check out our dissemination strategy.
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Since 2015, our Rapid Response Network has reached over 600 research-oriented professionals across 46 states who have engaged thousands of state and federal legislative officials on a variety of issues. We continue to expand our capacity to respond to policymakers' priorities and research needs (see sample issues).
Doing evidence-based policy in an evidence based way means that we are not only bridging research and policy, we are also evaluating these strategies and have demonstrated benefits to both policymakers (PNAS, 2021) and researchers (American Psychologist, 2021).
Joining the RPC Network
Commitments and Expectations
Members participating in the Rapid Response Network will be asked to commit time to several processes that allow us to understand your expertise and how that aligns with congressional needs. These processes will also allow us to prepare you for collaboration with congressional and other government offices. When consultative meetings (in person or by phone) occur, we look to identify researchers from the network who are prepared (e.g., participated in prior trainings), able to commit time to follow-up, and have subject-matter expertise. Members’ expertise and interests are catalogued via the member registration process. The following list describes opportunities for involvement in the Rapid Response Network:
Responses to Requests for Information - Requests for information are posted via the discussion forum and aid in facilitating collaboration between legislative offices and network members. Learn more about the response process HERE.
Trainings and Webinars - Digital meetings are the cornerstone of the professional development aspect of this initiative and are offered on a rotating basis. We recognize that our members have varying levels of policy-related experience and invite individuals of all levels of experience to participate. Those with less experience can benefit from the wisdom of those of you with experience! As part of our network, you will also have opportunities to join us at training events occurring at conferences or stand-alone trainings facilitated in partnership with affiliated organizations. Click HERE to watch past training webinars.
Expertise Assessment - We may occasionally seek to supplement the information we have about your skills and expertise via brief surveys to aid in identifying individuals with expertise that align with the needs indicated by congressional offices.
Why Should I join?
Joining the RPC is beneficial for both professional growth and social impact!
Apply your knowledge to be part of the decision-making process!
Network, collaborate, and share knowledge with like-minded researchers
Learn how to effectively communicate and collaborate with policymakers
Keep up to date with the latest research and related policies
Gain insight into the policy process and the needs of policymakers
Receive a letter documenting your service for promotion materials
Join the RPC Researcher Network
We ask a few questions about your expertise and background as a first step in our goal of matching congressional offices with researchers who have relevant expertise. This also allows us to filter our communications so you receive updates relevant to your areas of interest and fewer irrelevant updates.
Note: Those participating in this project will also be asked to participate in a study regarding strategies for supporting researchers’ policy engagement and regarding how such strategies might improve policymakers’ use of research evidence. Participation in the study is completely voluntary and will have no consequences for your participation in the project itself