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Science Communication

Science doesn’t speak for itself; it requires translation. FrameWorks’ approach equips researchers and experts to get big ideas across to the public without losing fidelity – or losing the crowd.

Science—and research, in general—is necessarily complex, but our communication about it doesn’t have to be.

We invite you to explore these resources for information on how to communicate about science-related issues in ways that build understanding and inspire confidence in evidence-informed solutions.

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Frames in Play: An Executive Summary of Descriptive Framing Research on Adolescence

This executive summary offers highlights from studies of public thinking, media content, and field communications on adolescent development.


Building Opportunity into Adolescence

This report “maps the gaps” between views held by those who study adolescent development and members of the public.


Crossing the Boundaries: Mapping the Gaps between Expert and Public Understandings of Bridging STEM Learning Environments

This report explores public thinking about where kids learn about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and how to connect and integrate learning that happens in different settings.


Getting Below the Surface: Mapping the Gaps between Expert and Public Understandings of the Ocean and Marine Conservation in the United Kingdom

This study explores expert and the UK public views of the ocean and marine conservation and “maps the gaps” between them.


Expanding Our Repertoire: Why and How to Get Collective Climate Solutions in the Frame

When climate communications focus only on problems, people tune out - or freak out. Talking about collective climate solutions can spark engagement.

Frame Testing Recommendations

Infographic: How can your climate communications be clearer and more effective?

This infographic offers top takeaways from FrameWorks' tested techniques for translating climate science for the public.


How to Talk about Climate Change and the Ocean: Prepared for the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation with Support from the National Science Foundation

This MessageMemo synthesizes multiple studies and outlines a communications strategy for building public understanding of climate change and its effects.


The Power of Explanation: Reframing STEM and Informal Learning

Expanding STEM education should be a no-brainer - but Americans assume it's not for everyone. Explanation can help us talk about STEM in ways that resonate.


Using Frames to Increase Understanding and Support for the Social and Behavioral Sciences

Creating a communications strategy that engages the public and policymakers in considering the value of the social and behavioral sciences does not need to be a guessing game.


How to Talk About Early Childhood Development to an International Audience

It can be hard to make a case for early learning with stakeholders from the international development sector. Talking about the "multiplier effect" helps.


The Value of Explanation: Using Values and Causal Explanations to Reframe Climate and Ocean Change

This report details the results of a survey of U.S. voters that explores the extent to which values-based messages affect attitudes about climate change.


Getting to the Heart of the Matter: Using Metaphorical and Causal Explanation to Increase Public Understanding of Climate and Ocean Change

How can we help people understand the science that connects climate change to extreme weather - and to human health? New, tested metaphors can help.