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Below you will find anonymous questions and answers posted to this site as well as reflections we have collected from the policy engaged scholars. Anyone can ask an anonymous question and our Ethical Engagement Panel responds, also anonymously. You can learn more about members of this panel on our About page). For the reflections, policy engaged scholars, many from our Ethical Engagement Panel, have responded to a similar set of questions about how they have managed an ethically challenging moment. We hope these serve as resources to assist academics in reflecting on and improving their own engagement practices. On this page, you can scroll through these resources are listed chronologically.
Date submitted: March 22, 2022
Passing judgement on organizations that offer me research consultancies ?
Issue Areas: American/Comparative Public Policy, Corporate / NGO Engagement, DDR / Recovering from War, Digital / Cyber Space, Economic Issues, Environment / Climate, Health, Policing, Traditional Peace and SecurityEngagement Experiences: Writing for policy audiences with which the scholar is connected
Date submitted: June 16, 2020
Proper disclosure vs. taking credit for behind-the-scenes policy advice
Date submitted: March 30, 2020
Misuse of research by violent actors
Date submitted: March 14, 2020
Is there an ethical issue involved in looking at the pandemic as a research opportunity?
Date submitted: March 7, 2020
Engagement with Trump Administration
Date submitted: January 21, 2020
How much do I need to know to engage media
Date submitted: January 6, 2020
Date submitted: November 22, 2019
How to be relevant when researching both sides of a conflict
Date submitted: November 18, 2019
Engaging with media from authoritarian regimes
Date submitted: October 24, 2019
Changing assessments based on sponsor sensitivities?
Date submitted: October 4, 2019
Help? I’m trapped in a broom closet!
Date submitted: September 9, 2019
Can I go back to the editors of a website and defend a point?
Date submitted: September 5, 2019
Conflict of interest?
Engaging with identity politics during times of heightened polarization
- How to show the value of diversity and intersectionality for policymaking in an era of heightened polarization.
- How to effectively contribute to the policy arena as a black feminist when your expertise is in question from the gate given who you are.
- How to push against situations where your identity brings diversity,
Engaging to Reform U.S. Democracy Promotion
Background and Policy Setting
Catherine Herrold studies how local civic actors—including nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), grassroots groups, and philanthropic foundations—promote economic development and democratic political reform. Her first book project examined how leaders of Egyptian NGOs and foundations understood the concept of “democracy” and promoted it in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings. In
Engaging on the Creation of Cybersecurity Norms
The challenge: How to advise on complex phenomena (creating cybersecurity norms) when the narrative surrounding them is oversimplified.
- In particular, it is difficult to explain to policymakers the intersubjectivity of norms and their sociological basis in a way that is immediately policy relevant.
- The “problem” in question often involves many dimensions not related to
Engaging to Encourage a Global NATO
- How to present novel, controversial ideas without damaging one’s credibility in the policy circles in which one travels
- How to present views that may be considered extreme, with the goal of reframing the policy space on a particular issue
James Goldgeier has worked for many years
Issue Areas: Power PoliticsType of Engagement: Writing for policy audiences with which the scholar is connected