Science Translation

To be accessible to the public and to inform policy, science needs social science.

FrameWorks Institute’s proven approach to science communication has helped scientists in numerous fields to translate their perspectives in ways that are both faithful to the science and highly effective with non-experts.

See our bibliography of publications in peer-reviewed journals or scroll through the carousel below for a quick tour of the issues that have benefited from a Strategic Frame Analysis.

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Addiction

For the last five years the FrameWorks Institute has conducted research in Canada to reframe the public conversation about early childhood development and the early roots of addiction.

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Adolescent Substance Use

In adolescence, the brain goes through an intense period of construction, a period of “heightened neuroplasticity” when changes in neural wiring are easier to make. This sensitivity makes youth substance use particularly risky.

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Climate and Ocean

For over a decade, FrameWorks has studied public perceptions of global warming and its effects.

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Early Childhood Development

Beginning in 2009, FrameWorks began a cross-cultural study comparing patterns of thinking in Alberta, Canada about early child development, and child and family mental health with those documented in the U.S.

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CLIMATE CHANGE

With funding from the National Science Foundation, FrameWorks has worked with scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to create highly effective ways to explain emerging topics like ocean acidification.

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EARLY BRAIN DEVELOPMENT

In partnership with the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, FrameWorks has crafted a Core Story of Early Childhood Development, a platform that provides framing guidance on numerous topics in early development.

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ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

Toxicologists and epidemiologists on the National Environmental Health Partnership Council partnered with FrameWorks to find the frames that would advance public and policymaker understanding of how environmental exposures affect human health.

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IMPLEMENTATION SCIENCE

A partnership with the National Implementation Research Network and the Friends of Evidence yielded ways to explain a methodical approach to moving from innovation to implementation, and how to measure it with validity.

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IMPROVEMENT SCIENCE

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has tapped FrameWorks to find effective ways to talk about scientific rigor in improvement efforts.

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MARCH FOR SCIENCE

As social scientists dedicated to the use of meaningful evidence to drive social change, FrameWorks is proud to be an official partner in the March for Science on April 22, 2017.

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MARINE CONSERVATION

FrameWorks distilled the views of UK oceanographers and climate scientists to to inform a strategy for elevating the importance of marine conservation in the UK.

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NEUROBIOLOGY OF ADDICTION

Working with neurobiologists, FrameWorks developed metaphors that translate concepts related to the brain basis of addictions.

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SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

FrameWorks partnered with the National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on the Communication and Use of Social and Behavioral Sciences to develop sound ways to talk about the contributions of scientific inquiry into human behavior.

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STEM LEARNING

With funding from the Noyce Foundation and the National Science Foundation, FrameWorks is supporting a variety of efforts to change the way science educators make the case for STEM learning.