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Connecting researchers to policymakers to optimize educational equity

Dec 10, 2021

A partnership between Francesca Lopez, Waterbury Chair in Equity Pedagogy and professor of education in the Penn State College of Education, and Penn State’s Research-to-Policy Collaboration was recently awarded a $250,000 Chan Zuckerberg Initiative grant to connect researchers with hundreds of…

New infrastructure award on building the science and practice of evidence-based policymaking

Dec 2, 2021

Penn State’s Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative (EIC) has been awarded an infrastructure grant supporting the transition and development of state-of-the-art tools to accelerate evidence-informed policymaking. This two-year award from The Pew Charitable Trusts provides over $1.4 million and the…

Getting racial equity research into the hands of policymakers

Sep 17, 2021

Racial inequities are enduring and pervasive problems in the US that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and contribute to poor public health outcomes.  For instance, studies have found that working from home is only possible for 1 in 5 Black people (U.S. Dept of Labor Statistics) and…

SPR 'Abstract of Distinction' award goes to Research-to-Policy Collaborative

Jul 8, 2021

A symposium organized by Assistant Research Professor and Co-Director of the Research-to-Policy Collaborative (RPC) Taylor Scott won an 'Abstract of Distinction' Award at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) held June 2-4. More information about the symposium,…
News Topics: RPC

Congressional Use of Evidence Can Be Improved: Reflections from a Trial of the Research-to-Policy Collaboration Model

Apr 21, 2021

By Max Crowley, Taylor Scott for the William T. Grant Foundation As we consider the state of domestic policymaking in the United States, it is easy to feel disillusioned about the role research evidence has played over the last few years. From denialism to misuse, science seems to be frustratingly…
News Topics: RPCPolicymaking

Helping Congress get the most from research

Feb 17, 2021

In a new study, Penn State researchers demonstrated that facilitating researcher-policymaker interactions in rapid response processes can influence both how legislators think about policy issues and how they draft legislation. Penn State professors Max Crowley, associate professor of human…

Despite advances, behavioral health legislation still lags behind

Jan 21, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to over $16 trillion in increased healthcare, criminal justice, child welfare, education, and labor market costs, has pushed the topic of mental and behavioral health to the forefront for many Americans. In a new study, Penn State researchers examined all…

NSF funding to bolster research communication strategies project

Sep 4, 2020

Penn State’s Research-to-Policy Collaboration (RPC) is expanding a project to better respond to legislators’ needs for social and behavioral research related to the coronavirus pandemic with new funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). A pilot of the project began earlier this year when…
News Topics: RPCEICCOVID-19