New Presidency, New Policy: How Researchers Can Impact Policy

President-Elect Joseph Biden. Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore.

Vice President Joseph Biden has won the 2020 US Presidential Election against incumbent President Donald Trump. Biden said he will “listen to the scientists” when it comes to enacting policy for the United States and while he was specifically referring to COVID-19 measures, this can be applied to other policy areas as well.

Many academics are hopeful about influencing decision-makers and the new president-elect with academic research to tackle COVID-19, climate change, foreign policy, and a multitude of other issues the US faces. The Overseas Development Institute recommends improving communication and promotion between researchers and the relevant agencies. In 2018, PVG editor Joe Young with Kathleen Cunningham and Cyanne E. Loyle wrote all about getting research to impact policy. They recommend to indicate variables of interest, bring up relevant questions, and increase their research’s accessibility.

Read their full remarks here: How to Get Research to Impact Policy

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