Engaging with policymakers can be an effective route to impact. There are a number of ways researchers can engage with policy at a local, national and international level, through for example, Government and Parliament, devolved and local government and third sector and non-governmental organisations.
Essex, alongside the Universities of York, Lancaster and Brunel, are partners in a programme with HM Government’s Open Innovation Team (OIT) that helps Government departments to ‘generate analysis and ideas by deepening collaboration with academics’. The OIT works across all areas of government policy, providing demand-led, consultancy style service that helps officials understand and weave academic insights into their policy work. The partnership offers opportunities for PhD students and academic staff to work in the Cabinet Office and other Whitehall Departments and our academics can get access to specialist support to help understand and engage with the policy making process in Whitehall. The OIT also offer regular training, delivered through Impact Academy, on how to influence the policy making process. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for support with OIT engagement.
Essex is a member of the Universities Policy Engagement Network (UPEN), a community of UK universities and policy professionals committed to increasing the impact of research on public policy.
Contact Policy Engagement Support to sign up for regular updates on policy engagement opportunities, training and events and for further support with policy engagement.
Visit the Centre for Public and Policy Engagement and listen to the Louder than Words podcast to find out more about the public and policy engagement work of our Essex researchers.
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