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Resources to Help You Fast-Track Your Societal Impact through Science & Technology Policy

Discover the ideas, strategies, and insights you need to grow your science and technology policy career so that you can make a difference in the world


“From Expertise to Impact: A Practical Guide to Informing and Influencing Science and Technology Policy” demystifies the process of influencing policy decisions, offering a roadmap for scientists and engineers through the journey of leveraging their scientific and technical expertise to make a tangible difference in science and technology policy for societal benefit.

With practical exercises and real-world examples, Dr. Deborah D. Stine, founder of the Science and Technology Policy, guides readers through the 4Es: effectiveness, efficiency, equity, and ease of political acceptability.  In doing so, she provides a practical guide for informing and influencing science and technology policy. 

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What is Science and Technology Policy?

In this 90-minute webinar, recorded during the 2023 National Science Policy Network HBCU & MSI Science Policy College Tour, Dr. Deborah D. Stine, founder of the Science and Technology Policy Academy, introduced attendees to science and technology policy. She uses Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI) science and technology policy actions as an illustration. In addition, she discussed the difference between equity and equality.

Assessing the Impact: Evaluation of Public Programs

In this 90-minute virtual training program, Dr. Deborah Stine, Founder of the Science and Technology Academy, provides an overview of program evaluation, including how to use Chat GPT and similar AI tools to increase the efficiency and quality of your evaluation. Program evaluation is the systematic process of collecting and analyzing information about the effectiveness, efficiency, and impact of a program, intervention, or policy. During this interactive training, participants will learn how to design and conduct evaluations of public programs, including how to choose appropriate evaluation methods, collect and analyze data, and communicate findings effectively.

What is Equity Analysis and How Can I Use It to Help Reach Societal Goals?

We all know that equity is a good thing, but in order to hold leaders accountable, you need to be able to assess a program’s current equity, develop a plan to improve that equity, and then measure progress toward an equity goal. In this webinar, What is Equity Analysis and How Can I Use It to Help Reach Societal Goals?,” you’ll learn what equity analysis is and how you can use it to meet your science & technology policy goals. At a November 21, 2022 webinar, Dr. Stephen Plank, vice president of Research, Evaluation, Evidence and Data at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, described how the Foundation conducts equity analysis.

Leveraging AI to Enhance the Quality and Efficiency of Your Science & Technology Policy Activities: An Exploration of ChatGPT Applications

In the fast-paced world of science and technology policy analysis, professionals are regularly challenged to swiftly evaluate the effectiveness, efficiency, equity, and ease of political acceptability of policies addressing societal challenges. They grapple with complex academic foundations while managing high client expectations, often juggling related tasks such as giving interesting talks and organizing insightful events like workshops. During this 90-minute webinar, Dr. Deborah Stine, the founder of the Science & Technology Policy Academy, shares her expertise in leveraging AI tools, like Chat GPT and Bard, to enhance the quality and efficiency of policy analysis and related activities. Whether you’re a novice in the realm of AI or have some experience with ChatGPT, this webinar is tailored to provide valuable insights for everyone.
P.S. Chat GPT was used to enhance the quality of the title and description of this webinar!

What is a Policy Brief? What is a Science Note?

As part of the background for an NSPN/Forefront science policy writing competition, Dr. Stine provides an overview of policy briefs, science notes, and how to write them.