The Rapid Response Process

What are Rapid Responses?

  • When government offices request information from the Research-to-Policy Collaboration, the requests are sent out to researchers in the Rapid Response Network. Responses from researchers in the network are compiled to help address the offices’ needs.

  • The type of feedback requested from researchers depends on offices’ needs but could involve:

    • Providing raw content (which the Research-to-Policy Collaboration can edit)

    • Sending relevant research articles

    • Getting involved in writing a fact sheet, op-ed, policy brief, blog, or other mechanism to communicate science for decision-makers.

  • Examples of requests include (but are not limited to) helping understand the background of an issue, identifying where additional research on an issue is needed, or how an issue is playing out in the field.


What to expect when contributing to rapid responses:

  • The pace of responses depends on the urgency of the issue.​​​

  • Some information requests align with predictable, long-term timelines (e.g., bill reauthorization) and the network may an extended time to put together a response.

  • Other information requests are on spontaneous issues that require a fast-paced response. To ensure the response is timely and useful for the offices, there may be fewer opportunities for researchers to review the finalized response in these types of requests.

  • The names of contributors from the network can be listed on the finalized response document so members can receive recognition for their contributions. Such recognition can showcase researchers’ community-engaged scholarship and strengthen academic portfolios