Scientists and policymakers are often seen as coming from two different worlds with fundamentally different experiences, goals, responsibilities, expectations, and institutional setups. This results in different working environments, problem-solving approaches, methods of communicating knowledge, as well as frequent miscommunications and a lack of understanding.
Science-policy translators can help bridge this gap between the science and policy communities by ensuring the right questions are both asked and answered, and relaying the key points of information in a way that is accurate, contextualised, comprehensible, and useful. Not only does this allow expertise to be effectively integrated, but it also promotes a mutual understanding and trust between the groups involved, creating space for a more collaboration and a meaningful exchange of knowledge in the future.
As someone with experience with both science and policy communities, I'm here to support both 'science to policy' and 'policy to science' communication. This includes synthesising scientific research to make sure it is accessible and relevant for decision-makers, communicating specific policy needs and interests to the relevant scientific communities, assisting both communities in their outreach to each other, and promoting a mutual understanding.
Feel free to reach out via the contact page with any questions or inquires you may have about the translation services offered.
Translation Services for Policymakers
Scientific evidence can support your decision-making and enable you to better understand the potential consequences of any action or inaction. However, understanding the evidence provided by scientists and how it relates to your specific issue can be a tedious and complicated process. Science-policy translation can support you in understanding and contextualising certain scientific reports, translating them into a language that your team can integrate and use.
Gathering the information that you need to create evidence-informed policy is another challenge frequently faced by policy institutions. Finding the right experts and ensuring that they understand what information is required can be time-consuming but is also an essential process that ensures the most relevant scientific information is provided. I am also here to assist you with communicating your needs to the scientific community.
Initial consultations are free. Please get in touch via the contact page for more information.
Translation Services for Scientists
For research to have an impact in the policymaking process, it must first be communicated and understood. I'm here to help you better understand your audience and ensure that your information is presented to policymakers in a comprehensible, concise, and accurate manner that outlines all of the relevant information, together with any areas of uncertainty.
If you would like assistance synthesising information, summarising your research for a policy audience, creating a policy brief from a larger report, or generating communications, please get in touch. Initial consultations are free. You can then decide if you'd like to work together more closely to more effectively communicate your expertise.
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