There are multiple avenues for organizations to get involved in the Research to Policy Collaboration Project. Organizations can support the project directly via sponsorships, which may include a monetary contribution or the provision of staff capacity. Organizations can support the project indirectly by supporting recruitment efforts that add to the array of expertise in the NPSC membership network.
Support participants' travel from various parts of the United States to attend the event in Washington, D.C. The NPSC budget for this project is designed to cover the cost of project coordination, events, and to partially offset participant travel expenses; however, there are insufficient funds to cover participants’ travel entirely.
Because participants will be asked to volunteer their time to consult with government offices, it is expected that travel support will increase the viability of recruiting esteemed individuals with the needed expertise. The NPSC is seeking $1,000 contributions per sponsor. Multiple sponsorships are greatly appreciated, and partial sponsorship is also accepted with gratitude.
Sponsors will be acknowledged for their generosity via the NPSC website, during the event reception (sponsors’ brochures can be made available at a sponsor table), and in all proceedings and reports.
Alternative avenues for sponsorship via the provision of staff capacity are currently under review. Please contact Taylor Scott for further information.
Researcher and Practitioner Recruitment
The NPSC is looking to expand it's network of members with expertise related to crime prevention and capacity building for successful implementation in community settings. Individuals who indicate these areas of interest and expertise on the NPSC member registration form will be invited to join the Rapid Response Network, which will provide opportunities for learning more about the project and aim to prepare researchers and practitioners for collaboration with government offices. Further, those who actively participate in the network and have expertise in areas that align with government offices' needs will be asked to attend the Rapid Response Event in Washington DC - April, 2016.
Organizations can support the RPC by sharing information with their staff and/or membership networks about this opportunity. Please share the above description and a link to the member registration form. Additionally, you may indicate that there are no costs associated with becoming an NPSC member and communications are tailored to the preferences indicated on the registration form. Contact Taylor Scott if you have questions or need further information.
As a research-driven organization, the NPSC seeks to achieve measureable objectives that will be evaluated to elucidate areas where the effort might be improved, disseminate information about a relatively novel strategy for briding the research-policy gap, and to potentially explicate the need for continuing or expanding this work if it is successful.
Evaluation mechanisms are currently under review by the project coordinator in collaboration with independent researchers. The evaluation will seek to understand the mechanisms and conditions that support the initiation and maintenance of productive partnerships between researchers and policymakers.
Overall Goal: Increase Evidence-based Prevention Science Use in Policy
Building trusting and productive working relationships with federal policy makers and staff that allows NPSC to engage in knowledge translation that informs public policy development and/or implementation. Key objectives are described below.
Relationship Building: We will seek to interview participants following the RRT Event to learn about their experiences, including successes and barriers to successfully developing working, productive relationships.
Collaboration on Strategic Plans and Follow-Through: Follow-up contacts will be made by email and phone, and progress will be documented in notes to be qualitatively coded.
Recognition of the NPSC as a Trusted, “Go-To” Resource: This is long-term objective of the NPSC is expected to be integrated into evaluation efforts designed to assess the visibility (e.g., website traffic) and Congressional Staffers' perceptions of the resourcefulness of the NPSC.
Legal and Regulatory Change: Due to the dilatory nature of policy change, it is expected that short-term evaluative efforts will be best served by documenting initial steps in legislation activity such as the introduction of legislation in committee. Such information will be obtained via the THOMAS Database in the Library of Congress online.