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Talks at Twelve: Megan Comfort, Tuesday, March 7, 2017

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Beyond the Peer-Reviewed Article: Making Research Relevant for Community Stakeholders and Policymakers
Megan Comfort, Research Triangle Institute

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
12:00-1:00 PM
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room


In an era of “alternative facts” and widespread activism, it is more important than ever for people in academic spheres to make research accessible, understandable, and usable outside of the Ivory Tower.  The tools available for doing so are vast – policy brief, fact sheets, in-person report-backs, social media posts, and more – and thus require thoughtfulness about the intended audience and the purpose of dissemination.  This talk will provide examples of strategies developed to communicate research findings to study participants, community stakeholders, and policymakers, highlighting the strengths of each and reflecting on the responsibilities of researchers to foster dialogue with people affected by their work.

Megan Comfort is a senior research sociologist in the Research Triangle Institute's International’s Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice research division.  Her areas of expertise include families and incarceration, HIV prevention, and health inequities among urban poor populations.  She is the author of Doing Time Together: Love and Family in the Shadow of the Prison (University of Chicago Press, 2008).  She also is a member of the Scholars Strategy Network, an advisory board member for Essie Justice Group (a non-profit organization that empowers women with incarcerated loved ones), and serves on the board of UnCommon Law (a non-profit organization that provides legal representation for people serving life sentences).

This talk is open to all. Lunch will be served. Metered parking is available in the Botanic Gardens lot across the road from Beebe Hall. No registration or RSVP required except for groups of 5 or more. We ask that larger groups email Patty at pmt6@cornell.edu letting us know of your plans to attend so that we can order enough lunch.

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