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Coverage of the APPAM/Sanford School Institutional Forum


Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke’s Policy Bridgeand the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) hosted an Institutional Member forum on February 17, 2017 which explored how research being conducted in universities is informing policy. Discussion included the role of practitioners in making policy, researcher/policymaker partnerships, and some strategies to bridge the gap between policy and practice.

This event, held at Duke University, brought together distinguished academia, practitioners, and policymakers who will share their insights on the successful development of coordinated research and policymaking efforts.

Didn't get to attend the Forum in person? Check out the event write-up and the recorded event!

Check out photos from the Forum and follow the tweets about #bridgingforum!

Forum Program

Sen. Chad Barefoot

Sen. Chad Barefoot

Session 1: Two Steps Forward? Recognizing and Addressing the Researcher-Policymaker Gap

  • Moderator: Anita Brown-Graham, Professor of Public Law and Government, School of Government, University of North Carolina
  • Senator Chad Barefoot, North Carolina General Assembly, 18th District
  • Rick Glazier, Executive Director of North Carolina Justice Center

The panelists discussed the gap between academic research and policymaking and possible solutions for the future alignment of the two. The moderator and audience had the opportunity to ask questions.


Manoj Mohanan

Session 2: Two-Way Research-Policy Street Exemplified

  • Moderator: Jenni Owen, APPAM Policy Council Member; Policy Director, Office of the Governor, North Carolina
  • Drew Cummings, Chief of Staff, Office of the County Manager, Durham County, North Carolina
  • Manoj Mohanan, Assistant Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University

The panelists shared examples of and strategies for successful bridging between research-policy/practice. The moderator and audience had the opportunity to ask questions.


(l to r) Ron Haskins, Kathy Stack, and Daniel Gitterman

Session 3: What’s Happening and What’s Ahead in the Evidence-Based Policy and Research-Policy Realms – and what can I do?  

  • Moderator: Ron Haskins, APPAM Past President; Senior Fellow and Cabot Family Chair in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution
  • Daniel Gitterman, Professor, Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy at UNC-Chapel Hill 
  • Kathy Stack, Vice President of Evidence-Based Innovation, Laura and John Arnold Foundation

The panelists discussed where we are with the evidence-based policy research agenda, both nationally and on the state level, and discuss what the future might hold for evidence-based research. Ron Haskins discussed the paper, Expanding Access to Administrative Data for Research in the United States, which is available here. The moderator and audience had the opportunity to ask questions. 

Forum Interactive Component Feedback

The following notes are comments and responses to the highlighted questions below presented in the interactive activity at the APPAM Institutional Member Forum at Duke. Various policy actors, university faculty, doctoral students, researchers, and community partners who attended the forum have provided their feedback listed in the bullet points below. For any questions on the activity, please contact Margaret Maes or Patience Wall at and

For our policy practitioners: what is the most important thing you need to connect with research?

  • Non-technical version of research- plain language, graphics, short (less than 5 pages)
  • Evidence clearing house whose contents are tagged (and searchable) with clear descriptions of intervention, who it works for and under what circumstances
  • Achievement of policy objectives, but with focus on political mileage and improvement in citizen perception about government- Abhishek Jain, Sanford School MIDP Fellow
  • Governments need templates for sharing and protecting data used for research
  • Time: consolidated information, suggestions, and discussions in one place at one time. (organized discussions to hear many perspectives efficiently)

For faculty/researchers/students: what is the most important thing you need for policy engagement?

  • Well-defined channels for engaging( and “teaching”) policymakers
  • Inclusive relationships and conversations. Transparency
  • Likelihood of my research being implemented and [used] as an aid to improve policy effectiveness - Abhishek Jain, Sanford School MIDP Fellow
  • Summaries of key research (top level facts/ findings)
  • Professional development workshops
  • Government agencies willing to use tools like randomization to rigorously evaluate the effects of programs
  • Faculty need to be educated about alternatives to peer reviewed journals. Ex. Stanford Innovation resources Campus Community Partnerships for Health online pub-peer reviewed
  • Cross comparison across states/cities/programs (different levels)
  • When are “my” issues being discussed, by whom, and how can I talk to them?
  • An invitation!
  • Universities need to recognize the value of engaged scholarship in promotion and tenure

Name one resource (could be a person, organization, or material) that you have found useful (or would be useful) for policy engagement to add to our list (which is in your handouts)?

  • EPIC-N, Education Partnerships for innovation in Communities Network. Implementing Academic-Public partnerships 

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