The Research Translation Platform is the scientific home for the study of translating scientific evidence for decision makers across government, industry and practice. This includes understanding the use of evidence in policymaking to prevent, reduce, and ameliorate social ills and promote societal well-being.
Research is translated for accessibility to policymaker and practice audiences through innovative modalities (e.g., policy briefs and fact sheets, agency outreach and engagement, frame analysis and messaging trials, podcasting, congressional briefings, and testimony). To improve research use, we build consultative relationships by first understanding decision maker goals before producing corresponding research materials and syntheses, resulting in productive partnerships.
Focusing on the science of science, dissemination, and engagement, The Platform is particularly interested in methods for improving the use of research evidence in legislative activities, rapid-cycle experimentation of scientific messages, and creating effective strategies to bridge the research and policy communities.
The Platform provides possibilities for partnership within the Penn State community as well as training opportunities for researchers at all professional levels regarding public policy engagement strategies and research translation for non-academic audiences.
Research Translation Platform tools include the Evidence-to-Impact Podcast, the Results First resources, the Research-to-Policy Collaboration, and the Family Impact Seminars.