Science & Technology Policy Resources

Need to get up to speed with some of the basics in science and technology policy? Consult the resources listed on this page—in addition to exploring SciPol.org!

Resources for Science & Technology Policy

To delve deeper into the science and technology policy community, consider the information provided by these educational and professional organizations.

General

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Toolkit

The resources in this toolkit help inspired individuals engage, educate, and be a force for the science community.

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) Tips and Tools for Science Communicators

UCS has compiled a series of tips to bridge the gap between scientists, policy makers, and the media to establish scientific analysis as a necessary aspect of policy decisions.

National Science Policy Network (NSPN)

NSPN provides a shared platform for aspiring scientists and engineers, particularly those affiliated with university-level science policy student groups, to get involved in science policy and advocacy.

Engaging Scientists & Engineers in Policy (ESEP)

The Engaging Scientists & Engineers in Policy (ESEP) Coalition is an ad hoc alliance of organizations that have joined together to empower scientists and engineers to effectively engage in the policy making process at all levels of government (international, federal, state and local).

AAAS Budget & Appropriations

Find up-to-date resources on the President's budget and congressional appropriations relating to science and technology.

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Advocacy Toolkit

This ASBMB toolkit provides resources to help you get involved in science advocacy.

American Chemical Society (ACS) Science Policy Overview

The ACS provides an overview of science policy and information about careers in science policy.

Discipline Specific

American Geophysical Union (AGU)

With a focus on Earth and space sciences, this educational union helps disseminate scientific knowledge and empower scientists to engage in policy.

Society for Neuroscience (SFN) Advocacy Network

Join the SFN Advocacy Network to stay informed and take action on neuroscience policy and research issues.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) USA Advocacy

IEEE USA provides advocacy resources related to developments in technology.

American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) Policy & Advocacy

Learn about how ASHG works at the intersection of genetics and public policy.

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Genome Statute and Legislation Database

This database from the National Institutes of Health's NHGRI is a catalog of state statutes and bills relevant to genomics that were introduced during the 2007-2019 US state legislative sessions.

General Policy Resources

To garner a greater understanding of various legislative, regulatory, and executive processes, consider the information in the references below.

Regulatory

Federal Register

The Federal Register provides the most complete and updated listing of pending and final regulatory guidance and rules impacting science and other policy topics, as well as notices for meetings or events held by federal agencies.

The Basics of the Regulatory Process

This resource from the US Environmental Protection Agency offers a brief summary of the federal rulemaking process.

A Guide to the Rulemaking Process

This publication from the Office of the Federal Register answers common questions about the federal rulemaking process.

A Day in the Life of Federal Regulations

This brief video from American Public Media looks at some examples of how the many thousands of federal regulations can impact Americans' daily lives. 

Legislative

How Our Laws Are Made

This in-depth resource from the US Library of Congress explains in detail the federal legislative process.

Overview of the Legislative Process

This video from the US Library of Congress presents an overview of the federal legislative process and provides details about the formation and structure of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Committees of the US Congress

This page on Congress.gov lists all the current committees in Congress and links to their individual websites.

The Congressional Appropriations Process: An Introduction

This report from the Congressional Research Service provides an overview of the budgeting and appropriations process.

Executive Action

So What Is An 'Executive Action' Anyway?

This 2014 article from NPR explains the differences between the often-conflated terms "executive order" and "executive action."

Executive Orders Since 1994

This webpage on the Federal Register website lists and provides the text for all presidential executive orders since 1994.

Executive Orders: Issuance, Modification, and Revocation

This report from the Congressional Research Service goes into more detail about executive orders, including what sort of power Congress or the courts have over them.

Judicial

Supreme Court Procedure

This resource from SCOTUSblog uses an extended example to explain frequently-referenced terminology in the US Supreme Court.

Introduction to the Federal Court System

This reference from the US Department of Justice provides a quick overview of the three levels of federal courts.

Resources for Taking Action

In addition to viewing SciPol.org's Policy Tracker, visit the resources below to learn how to become engaged with current science and technology policy issues.

AGU Policy Action Center

This website from the American Geophysical Union provides opportunities and resources to engage with the government in science policy.

MIT Science Policy Bootcamp

This open, online class from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology provides a background for becoming more deeply involved in science policymaking. 

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Policy Committee

ACM offers a variety of ways to get involved with developments in computing and information technology policy.

Resources compiled by Roberto Medrano and Andrew Pericak, MEM.
Page last updated May 3, 2019.