Expert Testimony

Definition

Presentation of data or results to governmental, judicial or other regulatory bodies.

Rationale

Presentation of research data or results in expert testimony is evidence of potential influence on the policy-making process.

Guidance

Advice from authors on searching for information:

Self-reported documentation of researchers’ testimony can be helpful as full text search is not available for all governmental, judicial, or other regulatory bodies. Documents available from state legislative bodies varies widely.

Resources & Data

Organizations, repositories, websites, and other sources where you can find more information:

Local

List of Congressional Hearings with Washington University Participants, (1970 – present) provides a list congressional hearings of Washington University participants dating from 1970 to current. The list is sorted by participant names in alphabetical order.

General

Congress.gov provides access to accurate, timely and complete legislative information. It is usually updated the morning after a session adjourns.

ProQuest Congressional is a database with a comprehensive collection of current and historic Congressional information. There is a search by witness name and witness affiliation that can help identify expert testimony to Congress.

Data Limitations

Challenges you may encounter while searching for information:

Access to self-reported researcher or administrative/in-house data may be required to locate documentation.

Publications

Articles, books, and other publications in translational science using the indicator:

Nelson DE, Brownson RC, Remington PL, Parvanta C, editors.  Communicating Public Health Information Effectively: A Guide for Practitioners. Washington, DC: American Public Health Association; 2002.

Montini T, Bero LA. Policy makers’ perspectives on tobacco control advocates’ roles in regulation development. Tob Control. 2001 Sep;10(3):218-24. doi: 10.1136/tc.10.3.218.

Moreland-Russell S, Barbero C, Andersen S, et al. “Hearing from all sides” how legislative testimony influences state level policy-makers in the United States. Int J Health Policy Manag. 2015;4(2):91-98. doi: 10.15171/IJHPM.2015.13.

Case Studies

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