Are students and scholars of IR equipped to assist policy makers as they confront this rapidly changing world? Conversely, does research and teaching in IR have any influence on the real world of international politics and policy making? Almost no systematic research has been done to document empirical patterns or verify causal hypotheses along these lines. TRIP started in 2004 as an effort to explore and analyze the connections between teaching, research, and policy in International Relations. We seek to remedy these shortcomings by creating new datasets and analyzing these relationships.

 


 

TRIP Triad

 

Numerous qualitative and quantitative data collections that capture important features of international policy and politics, such as data on trade flows, conflict processes, crisis decision making, terrorist attacks, aid flows, the diffusion of democracy, and number and type of NGOs, We lack good data, however, for the other two corners of the triad - teaching and research. Our project seeks to balance the triad and provide the sound descriptive basis upon which specific empirical conjectures and theoretically derived hypotheses might be tested.

To date, this project has four major empirical components. First, we explore which regions, issues, paradigms, methods, epistemologies, etc. have been employed over time in IR research by coding articles published in the top 12 IR and political science journals from 1980 to 2015. Second, we measure trends in IR research and teaching with results from an extensive survey of IR professors who teach and/or do research at colleges and universities in 32 different countries and 9 languages. Third, TRIP has launched a series of "snap polls" to survey IR scholars on current events shaping international politics and policy. Finally, we have initiated a diverse range of pilot data collection efforts by partnering with other scholars and institutions. This includes collaboration on Public Opinion Polls, similar to our snap polls, to survey the US Public. To date we have also supported the collection and analysis of survey data from current and former U.S. policy makers and gathered data on research published in books, rather than just journal articles.

Our goal for data collection is to compare scholarship and pedagogy to see whether or not scholars teach the same paradigms, methods, issue areas and regions that they employ and examine in their own research. We use these data to ask similar questions about the impact (or lack of impact) on the thinking of practitioners.

Ultimately, are scholars doing work that is policy relevant? Are policymakers paying attention to recent academic work? Are students learning how to make their research policy relevant? How can we help bridge the gap between the policy world and academia? We invite you to explore our website to see how our data are used, who we are, what we are doing to Bridge the Gap, and more. You can also check us out on social media, including Facebook and Twitter!

Check out our interactive dashboard with all of TRIP's Snap Poll data.

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