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.
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
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.