What We Do
We work to make science useful to policy and management by connecting scientists directly with decision-makers. In the process, scientists gain a better understanding of policy needs and can develop their research plans accordingly, while policymakers can make use of the perspectives and specialized knowledge that scientists bring for rich and innovative policy discussions.
Working closely with policymakers and others, we design unique policy events, such as legislative briefings, small-group meetings, panel discussions, and field trips, to provide policy audiences with the insight they need to develop informed and innovative policies. Focused on discussion and interaction, our policy events provide policymakers with opportunities to engage scientists directly.
Supporting Scientist Connections to Policymakers
In some cases, COMPASS can provide personalized assistance to scientists who need help preparing for meetings, hearings, and other discussions with policymakers. This work taps into our federal and regional expertise to identify opportunities where science can most effectively support policy processes.