Martha Zaslow, Ph.D., is Director of the Office for Policy and Communications of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) and a Senior Scholar at Child Trends. As Director of the SRCD Office for Policy and Communications, Dr. Zaslow facilitates the dissemination of research to decision- makers and the broader public through Congressional and Executive branch briefings, research briefs, and press releases focusing on research in Child Development¸ SRCD’s primary peer reviewed journal. She also monitors and keeps the SRCD membership apprised of social policy and science policy developments related to children and families. She works with the SRCD Policy Fellows who have placements in the Executive Branch or Congress. As a Senior Scholar at Child Trends, Dr. Zaslow conducts research focusing on the development of young children and programs and policies to support their development. Dr. Zaslow serves on the Secretary’s Advisory Committee for Head Start Research and Evaluation, on the Planning Committee for Head Start’s 11th Research Conference, and on the Advisory Council for the Child Care and Early Education Research Connections website. She recently served on the Committee on Developmental Outcomes and Assessments of Young Children of the National Academies of Science.
Bridging Research and Policy
The bridge between research and policy goes in two directions: (1) assuring that important research actually reaches policymakers, and does so in formats that are accessible but accurate; and (2) making sure that researchers are aware of important policy developments and parameters so that they can formulate research around questions that are of high priority to policymakers. This pre-conference workshop will provide a context for discussion of both directions on this bidirectional bridge. The anchor point for discussion will be a set of examples illustrating both the use of evidence in recent policy, and ways in which researchers can stay apprised of policy developments in their area of interest. We will also discuss important challenges. While examples will be taken from the facilitator’s work in early childhood policy research, participants will be asked to share their experiences in other areas, or their goals as they begin to consider bridging research and policy.