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Deborah (Debbie) D Stine PhD

I’m Dr. Deborah D. Stine, your instructor. For over 30 years, I've been fortunate enough to work for some of the top organizations in the country as a translator of science and technology to policy makers. I've worked at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; the Congressional Research; the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; and Carnegie Mellon University. I’ve influenced countless public policies throughout my career through my understanding of science, engineering, technology, and public policy. Many of the scientists, engineers, and health professionals who I’ve mentored have gone on to successful careers in the White House, Congress, federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, business, and industry. Now I'd like to provide that same knowledge and guidance to you.

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About this course

 Communicating Your Policy Analysis 

Free Webinars

January 27, 2021 and February 16, 2021

12-1:30 pm MST

In past webinars hosted by the Idaho Science & Technology Policy Fellowship program, we've discussed how to develop a policy analysis and the analytical methods that support that analysis.  But when the analysis is done, you're only halfway there.  In order for your analysis not to "sit on the shelf," you need to learn how to communicate and disseminate your policy analysis results to policymakers and the public.

This interactive workshop will take place over two 1.5 hour sessions:

  • In the first session on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, from 12-1:30 pm MST,  you will learn how to develop a "policy elevator pitch" and a "policy brief." Say you're at a reception and lo and behold, your member of Congress is there! Here's your chance to discuss your policy idea with her.  You know you'll only have 30 seconds, at the most, to capture her interest.  What do you say?  During this webinar, you'll learn what to say and how to say it.  We'll have some sample policies for you to pitch or you may come with your own idea based on your previous analysis. You'll then learn the steps for turning that pitch into a "policy brief" (pictured).

  • During the second session on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, from 12-1:30 pm MST, we will workshop a few policy briefs and you'll discuss the draft policy brief you developed after the first webinar in small groups.  Everyone will then participate in a plenary Q&A session to answer questions you have about developing a policy brief.   We'll also discuss how to develop a dissemination plan to distribute the policy brief to key policymakers, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and the public.

Both sessions will be recorded, so if you need to miss all or part of one of the sessions, you can watch the recording at a later date/time if you register.   

To participate, register for this free workshop, sponsored by the Idaho Science & Technology Policy Fellowship program no later than  Monday, January 25.  You'll then receive a Zoom link on Tuesday, January 26.