The resources in this toolkit help inspired individuals engage, educate, and be a force for the science community.
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.
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.
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).
Find up-to-date resources on the President's budget and congressional appropriations relating to science and technology.
This ASBMB toolkit provides resources to help you get involved in science advocacy.
The ACS provides an overview of science policy and information about careers in science policy.
With a focus on Earth and space sciences, this educational union helps disseminate scientific knowledge and empower scientists to engage in policy.
Join the SFN Advocacy Network to stay informed and take action on neuroscience policy and research issues.
IEEE USA provides advocacy resources related to developments in technology.
Learn about how ASHG works at the intersection of genetics and public policy.
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.
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.
This resource from the US Environmental Protection Agency offers a brief summary of the federal rulemaking process.
This publication from the Office of the Federal Register answers common questions about the federal rulemaking process.
This brief video from American Public Media looks at some examples of how the many thousands of federal regulations can impact Americans' daily lives.
This in-depth resource from the US Library of Congress explains in detail the federal 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.
This page on Congress.gov lists all the current committees in Congress and links to their individual websites.
This report from the Congressional Research Service provides an overview of the budgeting and appropriations process.
This 2014 article from NPR explains the differences between the often-conflated terms "executive order" and "executive action."
This webpage on the Federal Register website lists and provides the text for all presidential executive orders since 1994.
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.
This resource from SCOTUSblog uses an extended example to explain frequently-referenced terminology in the US Supreme Court.
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.
This website from the American Geophysical Union provides opportunities and resources to engage with the government in science policy.
This open, online class from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology provides a background for becoming more deeply involved in science policymaking.
ACM offers a variety of ways to get involved with developments in computing and information technology policy.