Communicating research for evidence-based policymaking

This guide for researchers in socio-economic sciences and humanities provides help in creating policy briefs, project websites, flyers and brochures. It offers insights into dealing with the press and contains suggestions on how to organise a final project conference. The aim is to “build a functional communications interface between researchers and policymakers.”

The key topics covered are:

  • The concept of communicating research for policy making
  • The policy brief – engaging and sustaining interest
  • Some practical means: website, project flyer, project brochure, communicating with stakeholders, meet the press, policy panels and briefing sessions, final conference, final publishable summary report
  • Ten steps towards and effective dissemination strategy

The report also contains:

  • example of a policy brief
  • guidelines for project websites
  • example of a project flyer
  • example of a project brochure
  • guidelines for project final conferences.

Reference: Martin, T. (2010). Communicating Research for Evidence-Based Policymaking – A Practical Guide for Researchers in Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities. European Commission, Publications Office of the European Union: Luxembourg. 

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Posted: May 2011
Last modified: August 2014