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A sound decision making is based on facts rather than assumption, emotion or hear-say and the approach is logical – this is where science and research set in. However, some scientists and researchers, find it a bit challenging to translate their research results, technical reports, and policy recommendations into plain words for policymakers’ appreciation and use in crafting public policies/laws.

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Committed to make the translation of research results easier and more accessible to laypeople and policymakers, the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP), an advisory agency that is attached to the Department of Science and Technology, in collaboration with ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), will conduct a Virtual Seminar–Workshop on Policy Brief Writing with the theme, “Translating Research Results as Benchmark for Informed Decisions,” on 19 and 22 April 2021.

To assist policymakers in crafting research-based policy recommendations is one of the advocacies of NRCP. This is done through writing an influencing policy brief.  However, doing this takes both knowledge and training.  This is the main goal set by NRCP and ACB, to guide and train NRCP researchers on how to translate the research findings to a more appropriate, concise, and effective tool for reaching and influencing policymakers.

This policy brief seminar-workshop is designed for the NRCP members using the online interactive platform, zoom webinar, with lectures interwoven with prototype development, output presentation, consultation, and critiquing. 

At the end of this seminar-workshop, NRCP expects to generate 5 to 10 policy briefs ready for dissemination and use, as well as to have enhanced the skills of the member-researchers in writing policy briefs.

ACB has partnered with NRCP in the same capacity-building activity in 2016.  Since then, NRCP has produced a number of policy briefs containing recommendations that address various issues on restoring barren lands, teenage pregnancy, OFW diseases, saving Philippine lakes, bioremediation, biomarkers, enhancing public awareness through digitized arts, preservation of Filipino culture and heritage, and similar others.  Copies of these policy briefs are accessible at https://nrcp.dost.gov.ph/.

The public – students, budding researchers, and other NRCP members who are interested in writing policy briefs can watch this two-day activity at the NRCP official Facebook page, Research Pod at https://www.facebook.com/nrcpresearchpod.