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December 8, 2017

SSN / IRRPP Policy Workshop

SSN / IRRPP Policy Engagement Workshop


When: December 8, 2017 • 9:00am to 3:30pm

Where: IRRPP Office • 3rd Floor, 412 S. Peoria St., Chicago, IL

Who: This workshop is open to faculty and advanced graduate students in the Chicagoland area.

Space is limited. Lunch is provided and there will be a wine and cheese reception after the workshop.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis until the workshop reaches capacity.

Review and notifications will begin on November 15th. Apply here

About the Workshop: This workshop aims to provide concrete tools to empower researchers to foster long-term, reciprocal relationships with policymakers. These relationships—which are most formally organized as research-practice partnerships, but can take many other forms—have the potential to address policy crises and opportunities when they arise, as well as to promote policy improvement over the long-run.

Skills taught in the training include: how to develop ongoing, reciprocal, trusting relationships with policymakers and civic intermediaries; how to assess policymakers’ resources, needs, and opportunities; the timing of the policy-making process; how to make effective use of intermediary groups; how interaction with policymakers can help researchers determine better research questions; and how ongoing policy engagement can be a part of researchers’ academic success.


Workshop Facilitators:

Avi Green, Executive Director of the Scholars Strategy Network, is a trainer who uses community organizing skills to help researchers think about relationship-building, collaborations, communications, and policy impact. He has helped researchers develop reciprocal relationships with policymakers on both sides of the aisle (as well as with members of the judiciary) with lasting impact. As an editor and strategist, he has also helped scholars bring attention to their research in venues ranging from the New York Times to Fox News.


Hannah Reuter, Associate Director of Public Policy at the Scholars Strategy Network, serves as an intermediary between policymakers, civic organizations, foundations, and social science researchers by facilitating relationships and engagement opportunities. Hannah has helped scholars work with policymakers to make evidence part of policymaking even on controversial and polarized issues, like health insurance and women’s reproductive health, as well as money in politics, regulation, and education. She has led trainings in California, Washington D.C., Maine, and Massachusetts.


About the Scholars Strategy Network: The Scholars Strategy Network seeks to improve public policy and strengthen democracy by connecting scholars and their research to policymakers, citizens associations, and the media. SSN members spell out the implications of their research in ways that are broadly accessible. They engage in consultations with policymakers in Washington DC and state capitals. They make regular contributions to the media and share findings and ideas with journalists and bloggers. Many SSN scholars also work with advocates and civic organizations to address pressing public challenges at the national, state, and local levels.


About the Series: The goal of IRRPP's Policy 101 Workshop Series is to increase the impact and visibility of UIC scholars’ research. Policy 101 workshops provide UIC faculty and graduate students with focused training that increases their ability to participate in public policy conversations. The workshops are taught by professionals and academics who are experts at translating academic research into policy-ready documents, policy presentations and civic engagement and will be offered bi-annually on a rotating basis.