Are think tanks key to academic influence on policy?
- The Guardian offers advice on how faculty members can position their research for policy use and referral from lawmakers by way of working with think tanks.
- Work produced by think tanks is often cited in legislative reports, which can gain media coverage and lead to greater leverage in making more personal appeals to government officials.
- For policy makers, the best kind of think tank products are briefs that align with established personal ideals or issues of advocacy.
While the Guardian cites possible think tank connections with British government officials, the same is true for American officials who are seeking academic credibility for their policy research. This outreach accompanies the idea of making findings more accessible in pop culture through clear writing and sharing in public spaces.
Faculty and executives who seek expanded opportunities to be thought leaders also use social media and a personal and institutional branding tool to align their individual voices and campus missions with important issues of the day.