Policy Engagement

Give your research real impact by connecting with policy makers and influencing direction. From working with parliaments to advocating for local change, 

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Description

Researchers can provide essential information, direction and expertise to policy makers – but making your voice heard can be a challenge. Through this interactive workshop you will explore the legislative process and how you can work to influence both policy and policy makers. Led by engagement consultant Dr Jamie Gallagher you will discover how to engage with the parliamentary processes from contributing to a committee meeting to preparing briefing notes for MPs. The workshop will draw on successful (and unsuccessful) examples helping you to map your own policy engagement journey. The session will also cover impact monitoring and reporting, preparing you to report to funders or write an impact case study. 

Objectives

At the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  • Understand of the legislative process and key intervention points 

  • Be able to identify key policy engagement stakeholders and how to work with them

  • Work with the range of parliamentary services to ensure policy makers have accurate and up to date information 

  • Plan out their own policy engagement plan

  • Devise and deliver your own evaluation plan

About Jamie

Jamie is an award-winning freelance communicator and engagement professional with ten years’ experience in the delivery and evaluation of quality engagement projects. He has been trained by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre in policy engagement for researchers. With a specialism in evaluation Jamie also provides consultancy services to charities and universities helping them to demonstrate their impact and understand their audiences and stakeholders.

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