Kelly Joyce, PhD, Receives NSF Grant for Research in Public Policy Project
July 17, 2014
Kelly Joyce, PhD
Kelly Joyce, PhD, professor and director of the Center for Science, Technology and Society, will serve as the co-principal investigator—along with Roberta Spalter-Roth, PhD, director of the American Sociological Association’s Research Department—on a $70,000 NSF grant to explore a “Relational Model for Understanding the Use of Research in the Public Policy Process.”
Joyce and Spalter-Roth plan to conceptualize and test a new approach that better captures how social science research is brought into the policy process and practice. The two propose a relational, interactive model based on relationships, strategies, activities, networks and processes that result in the use of social science research for policy purposes at a variety of policy locations.
The project is potentially transformative for public policy and social science research in the United States. Rather than examine an "idealized" casual model of the impact of research on policy, this project uses cases studies of researchers' experiences to inform an interactive model of human relationships, networks and social processes that result in the use or the failure to use social science research in a variety of policy situations. The widespread dissemination of findings has the potential to increase the number of social scientists who are more attuned to considering (1) how to share their research and findings beyond the academic research community; and (2) how social science research findings can inform public policy and practice.
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