National Science Foundation Convening on Bringing Research Knowledge to Policy Practice
RCLA Co-Faculty Directors Erica Gabrielle Foldy and Sonia Ospina helped to design and facilitate an innovative gathering funded by the National Science Foundation at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
The workshop, which brought together policy experts, researchers and deans of schools of public affairs, explored the mechanisms and collaborations necessary to translate research into policymaking. The Co-Principal Investigators of the project were LBJ School Professors Angela Evans and Jenny Knowles Morrison.
Beginning with in-depth exploration of four successful cases of researcher/practitioner collaborations, the workshop first generated a number of insights about the critical factors behind those successes and then developed several projects to build on these insights. These projects ranged from research on the boundary-spanning leaders who spur these collaborations to creating a network of policy researchers and analysts able to quickly conduct studies and develop options for critical policy issues.