Standing Committee on Advancing Science Communication Research and Practice

This award will provide support for the new National Academies Standing Committee on Advancing Science Communication Research and Practice.

The Committee will build on the recommendations of the 2016 report “Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda,” which emphasized the need for research that science communication practitioners (including scientific associations, government and nonprofit agencies, scientists, and science educators) can use to make science more useful and used in decision making. The Committee’s three initial goals are to: 1) build a coherent knowledge base about science communication approaches with the potential to increase decision makers’ engagement with and use of scientific evidence to implement and support policy decisions relevant to important social issues; 2) improve science communication practitioners’ ability to access, interpret, and use research to inform their work; and 3) support efforts to communicate science to stakeholders outside the scientific community. Committee members have a range of expertise relevant to science communication and studies of the use of research evidence in policy and practice.