Policy Briefs and Issue Papers

About our materials

The UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy (PIEEE) works with experts across campus to produce policy briefs and issue papers on a range of topics. Our materials help bridge the gap between policy and research by summarizing current knowledge and new findings in a form that is concise and directly useful for decision-makers. Our policy briefs and issue papers are read and cited by policymakers at the local, regional, state, federal, and international levels.

For researchers

If you are a researcher at UC Davis engaged in issues related to energy, the environment, and/or the economy, we encourage you to reach out to us to explore options for translating your findings into a policy brief or issue paper. Our materials are designed to increase the impact of your work, and are an effective way to bring more “eyes” and interest back to your original research. We rely on these documents in email newsletters to stakeholders, legislative and congressional briefings, and other on- and off-campus events.

In addition, creating a policy brief or issue paper is an excellent opportunity for professional development. PIEEE staff can help you improve your ability to communicate your research to non-academic audiences in a way that is both clear and credible. Repackaging your work into a policy-ready form will also bolster your outreach credentials in the eyes of potential employers and grant award committees.

If you are interested in working with us on a policy brief or issue paper, please email policyinstitute@ucdavis.edu with a short description of yourself, your research, and the topic you would like to focus on.

For others

PIEEE welcomes topic suggestions for future policy briefs and issue papers, as well as feedback on our existing materials. Please send us your input at policyinstitute@ucdavis.edu.