No one has yet mentioned the Campbell Collaboration (http://www.campbellcollaboration.org/), which aspires to be to societal issues/politics what the Cochrane Collaboration is to medicine/healthcare. Whether anyone is listening presumably would be the other half of the "translational" question about evidence-based politics... whether impressions formed from news media accounts trump statistical evidence.
David Birnbaum, PhD, MPH
School of Nursing & School of Population and Public Health
University of British Columbia
Principal, Applied Epidemiology
British Columbia, Canada