The SCOPE model has produced scientific data about practices for researcher-legislative engagement as well as demonstrated its potential for supporting state legislators’ use of research evidence. An experiment found that state legislators who received fact sheets from researchers in this model posted 24% more social media posts containing evidence language about the COVID-19 pandemic. Observing how state legislators use research evidence language in public spaces demonstrates the value of the model for increasing access and interactions with research evidence.
The SciComm Optimizer for Policy Engagement (aka SCOPE) is a model designed to connect lawmakers directly with researchers regarding relevant and timely policy issues. The implementation process is circular to reflect a continuous cycle of responding to policymaking partners’ interests, facilitating researcher-policymaker connections, and incorporating legislators input in future iterations. Infrastructure to deploy this model requires a robust data backbone to interpret how messages are providing value to legislators and to inform continuous quality improvement over time.