The following is an evolving list of resources related to policy and research engagement. While we hope these resources are useful for faculty, students, and public and private partners, inclusion here is not an endorsement. Additionally, this list is not intended to be comprehensive. If you have suggestions of additional resources to highlight here, please send them to

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Challenges to Bridging Research and Policy

Evidence-Based Policy Highlights

  • Brookings Institution’s Ron Haskins and Greg Margolis (2014) Show Me the Evidence is a detailed but easy-to-read analysis that describes the process of evidence-based decision making in education initiatives under the Obama administration.
  • Researcher Michael Kirst’s (2000) “Bridging Education Research and Education Policymaking” examines the process of policy formation in US education issues and illuminates best practices to avoid researchers’ common pitfalls at institutions of higher education.

Toolkits and Guides

  • Child Trends INQUIRE Data Toolkit is a great guide that supports effective data collection and details asking policy questions. Additionally, their Policy and Engagement Center provides excellent examples of written case studies connecting research and policy.
  • FrameWorks Institute’s toolkits are easy-to-read documents that show how to use framing to best communicate research and policy issues to particular audiences.
  • Published by the European Commission (2010), this Communicating research for evidence-based policymaking guide is a comprehensive collection of best practices in fostering a two-way dialogue between research and policy and structuring research in the social sciences and humanities.
  • Cornelia Dean’s (2012) Am I Making Myself Clear? provides hard scientists a summary of the importance of policy engagement and the tools to craft their research, speak to the public, and describe their work to a variety of audiences.
  • Duke Science and Society’s Science and Policy Resources page provides a list of science and policy resources to help site viewers understand the regulatory process and scientific terms.
  • Stanford’s Leopold Leadership Program offers several guides for communicating to government leaders. They provide advice on setting up meetings in DC, composing policy one-pagers, and helping doctoral students connect with policymakers.
  • The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) features “Working With Congress: A Scientist’s Guide to Policy,” guide for interacting with the federal government.  The guide highlights their “Top Ten Rules for Working with Congress.”

News Media on State Legislation

  • The NC General Assembly website provides NC legislature information including: bills, session laws, congress member information, committees, session calendars, and more.
  • The General Assembly End-of-Session Report, appears as a Duke Health and State Government Relations News Feature 60-90 days post session.
  • The NC Insider features news on North Carolina state politics. All information in the NC Insider is not free. Some information that may be of more use is only available by subscription only.