Forging Productive Relationships with Legislative Offices

by Aaron Huertas | Jun 27, 2017

Brandeis Scientist with Senator Warren

Brandeis University scientists visit Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to talk about the value of funding life sciences.

There’s significant demand for scientific expertise among state and federal legislative offices. Researchers looking to inform policymakers about their work should consider supplying it, especially in areas where legislators lack their own in-house expertise. Doing so not only helps politicians make more informed decisions, but it can also help researchers think differently about how their work can serve the public. 
Developing an effective relationship with a legislative office requires good preparation, trusted guides, and a willingness to follow up, even when policymakers disagree with the scientists they work with.

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