What is the Scholars Strategy Network?

MISSION STATEMENT

The Scholars Strategy Network brings together many of America's leading scholars to address pressing public challenges at the national, state, and local levels. As progressive-minded citizens, SSN members spell out the democratic and policy implications of their research in ways that are broadly accessible. SSN members engage in consultations with policymakers in Washington DC and state capitals. They make regular contributions to the media and share research findings with journalists and bloggers. SSN scholars are also committed to working closely with advocates and leaders of citizen associations to come to better understandings of the nation's social and political challenges.

Members prepare short, vividly written briefs highlighting research findings, presenting basic facts on timely topics, and offering policy options about many issues – ranging from how best to create jobs, spur economic growth, and ensure effective health and educational reforms, to how to revitalize American democracy and tackle knotty challenges of reforming the nation's immigration system and protecting the environment.

Although SSN participants share a commitment to connecting good public policymaking to citizen engagement and responsive democratic government, members do not all hold the same views and SSN as a whole does not endorse any political party, candidate, or specific policy position. Each SSN scholar takes individual responsibility for signed contributions, while the national and regional networks foster collaborations and public outreach.