ASHE & Scholars Strategy Network Workshop

Navigating Your Network: Policy Mapping & Building Relationships
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Thursday, September 23, 2021
11:00am-1:30pm Atlantic/San Juan Time
Event will be held virtually

This training gives scholars an introduction to effective strategies to ensure that researchers' findings and perspectives inform policy. The workshop provides 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 session will ensure that scholars have the tools and knowledge to move their research through the policymaking process. 
The second half of the workshop includes a network mapping exercise. It gives scholars the tools to map their policy landscape and create a plan to build relationships with policy stakeholders. Participants will create a “network map” that visualizes the ecosystem of decision-makers and influencers surrounding the policy issue their research affects. This map allows researchers to identify key players in their networks to begin the process of relationship building with decision-makers. The training also highlights key insights into how and when policymakers use research evidence.

Learning/Program Outcomes

At the end of the workshop, participants will:
  1. Understand how and when decision-makers use research evidence in the policymaking process
  2. Know practical, research-based tips for engaging with policy actors and building relationships
  3. Leave with a tailored first-contact letter to a policymaker based on their own research and interests
  4. Have a map of the broad network of policy actors in their area of research and expertise 
  5. Have concrete next steps to take to inform the policymaking process with their research and expertise

2021 Schedule

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Connecting & Building Relationships with Policy Actors
  • Break
  • Navigating Your Network: Network Mapping
  • Concluding Thoughts & Time for Questions

Registration Fees

  • The workshop fee of $30 for ASHE members and $50 for non-members.
  • Registration Closes and Payment Deadline: September 17, Noon Atlantic/San Juan Time
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  • 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.

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