Building Rapport with Policymakers and Navigating our “Parallel Universes” Training

Just as any new relationship is difficult at first, forming and maintaining relationships with policymakers is no easy feat. Luckily, learning about the realities of policymaking and reflecting on one’s own experiences can support these relationships. This training provides a brief content overview, details the differences in cultures between researchers and policymakers, and describes interpersonal strategies that help build connections between the communities. Instructions for an introspective exercise to improve collaborations with policymakers are also provided.