ASHE & SSN Connecting & Building Relationships & Policy Brief Writing Workshop

This event has already concluded for 2023. For those interested in 2024 registration dates, information will be tentatively released in November 2023.

Friday, February 17, 2023
10:00am-12:00pm Central/Minneapolis Time
Event will be held virtually

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The Connecting & Building Relationships & Policy Brief Writing Workshop, presented by the Scholars Strategy Network, provides scholars an introduction to effective strategies to ensure their findings and perspectives inform policy. Attendees will receive evidence-based instructions for how to begin and maintain productive relationships with policymakers, how to engage with civic intermediaries in order to better reach policymakers, and what strategies are critical for creating mutual trust. This workshop will ensure that scholars have the tools and knowledge to move their research through the policymaking process. 

Attendees will also learn how to write compelling and jargon-free policy briefs, receiving guidance through each step of the policy brief drafting process as they actively shape their idea into a first draft. The workshop includes practical information on how to distribute your policy brief for maximum impact.

Who should attend

All researchers who are interested in honing strategies for engaging in the policy making process should attend. Scholars from any career stage, including graduate students, are encouraged to attend. 

Learning/Program Outcomes

Attendees of the Connecting & Building Relationships & Policy Brief Writing Workshop will:

  1. Learn how policymakers use research evidence in their day-to-day work
  2. Hone strategies for effective outreach, from the initial email all the way through the meeting and follow-up
  3. Review different types of policy actors and how to tailor outreach to each type
  4. Learn how policy briefs are used, the best practices for writing one, and common mistakes to avoid
  5. Develop an outline of a policy brief and receive feedback on it


  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Connecting & Building Relationships with Policy Actors
  • Break
  • Policy Brief Writing Workshop
  • Concluding Thoughts & Time for Questions


  • The seminar fee is $30 for ASHE members and $50 for non-members.

  • Registration Closes and Payment Deadline: Friday, February 10 Noon Central/Minneapolis Time.

  • Learn more about accessibility for this event at

  • During registration, participants will agree to the ASHE Events Code of Conduct and provide information about accommodation requests.

  • ​All ASHE Professional Development events encourage participants to engage throughout the event in various ways. To provide an environment that is conducive to learning and engagement and to provide a safe space (to the extent possible), Professional Development events are not recorded.

  • To complete the registration form, you will need your ASHE log-in information. If you do not have an ASHE log-in already (as a current or expired member or Guest account), you can create a free guest account or process payment for membership at that will then allow you to login and register for this event.

Questions about registration or event logistics can be directed to the ASHE Staff at (202) 660-4106 or