To make a difference in today’s policy ecosystem, scholars must think beyond the academic journal.
The Urban Institute is pioneering new ways to communicate and share research. On March 6, 2019, Urban leaders hosted a "Research to Policy Boot Camp" for Policies for Action researchers. The workshop taught researchers how to navigate the fragmented media and policy landscape by making their insights accessible to diverse audiences, forming a narrative, developing an outreach plan, and putting it into action. Each session of the workshop focused on a different communication strategy: social media, blog writing, data visualization, interacting with reporters, and developing a stakeholder outreach strategy.