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New funding to test impact of research communication strategies on policymakers

Jul 17, 2020

Penn State’s Research-to-Policy Collaboration (RPC) is responding to legislators’ needs for social and behavioral research related to the coronavirus pandemic, with support from the William T. Grant Foundation. Housed under the Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative (EIC), a unit of Penn State’s Social…

EIC Podcast on the chronic crisis of housing

Jul 8, 2020

SSRI has released the fourth episode of the new Evidence-to-Impact Podcast. The fourth episode features a discussion with Bryce Maretzki, director of policy and planning for the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, and Selena Ortiz, assistant professor of health policy and administration and…

Penn State influences PA governmental response to pandemic

Jul 7, 2020

Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) is making an impact in Pennsylvania’s governmental response to the COVID-19 pandemic through an increased presence in state-level activities. Michael Donovan, associate director of SSRI’s Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative and the director of…

Penn State participates in virtual social science advocacy day

May 14, 2020

The Consortium of Social Science Association’s (COSSA) Annual Social Science Advocacy Day looked a little different this year due to COVID-19 and the response of social distancing. However, for Penn State researchers, the numerous ways social and behavioral science is helping to combat the pandemic…

EIC Podcast on aging in America

Apr 22, 2020

Penn State's Social Science Research Institute has released the second episode of the new Evidence-to-Impact (EIC) Podcast, focusing on aging in America. The episode features a discussion with Marty Sliwinski, director of the Center for Healthy Aging and professor of Human Development and Family…

Research-to-Policy Collaboration awarded funding through the Coronavirus Research Seed Fund

Mar 30, 2020

In response to the expanding COVID-19 crisis, Penn State’s research community launched an initiative called the Coronavirus Research Seed Fund (CRSF) to “support research with the potential for significant and rapid impact on human health with respect to the disease (COVID-19) and the causal virus…

New podcast bridges the gap between academia and policymakers

Mar 20, 2020

How can academia and government work together to tackle problems? That’s the question that a new podcast launched by the Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative, a unit of Penn State's Social Science Research Institute, is trying to answer.   The podcast, aptly titled the “Evidence-to-Impact Podcast,” …

Krug joins SSRI

Nov 13, 2019

Please welcome Public Relations Specialist Melissa Krug to SSRI. Melissa is responsible for the communications efforts of the Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse (CCSA) and is coordinating the Evidence to Impact Collaborative (EIC) podcast series. Melissa previously worked as a poverty analyst at…

Penn State, PA team up to promote treatments for substance abuse disorders

Oct 31, 2019

The opioid epidemic and larger problems of substance misuse continue to deeply impact communities across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the nation. In 2017, more than 70,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States, with Pennsylvania ranking third with the highest rates of death due…

How Do We Make Evidence Have an Impact? Podcast

Oct 2, 2019

The latest episode of the "Ask the Experts" series features Max Crowley, assistant professor of human development and family studies and director of SSRI’s Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative. 

Administrative Data Accelerator partnering with consumer data company

Jul 16, 2019

Penn State's Administrative Data Accelerator has selected consumer identity management expert Infutor to support research that informs policy and improves lives. Located in the College of Health and Human Development’s Prevention Research Center, and supported by the Social Science Research…

Penn State participates in Social Science Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.

May 22, 2019

Penn State researchers recently attended the Consortium of Social Science Association’s (COSSA) 2019 Social Science Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., taking part in a full schedule of events to bring awareness to social and behavioral sciences.  During the advocacy day, COSSA members met with…