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Engaging with Policy Makers (in collaboration with the ESRC funded SWDTP)

February 4 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm


This overall objective of the workshop is to demystify government and explain how to engage successfully with policy makers. We aim to make the day engaging, informative and practical, with lots of opportunities to apply lessons to your own areas of research.

You will:

• Gain an improved understanding of the governmental landscape

• Learn how policy making works in practice

• Learn practical tips for engaging with Parliament, particularly select committees

• Explore policy making from the perspective of the Civil Service

• Practise communicating effectively with policy makers


The workshop will be run using the virtual classroom platform Jigsaw Interactive. This is designed to provide a truly interactive learning experience with the use of breakout rooms, chat and collaboration tools.

We always allow plenty of time for breaks and will try to help you connect with other participants throughout the programme.


The Institute for Government is an independent charity working to increase government effectiveness. We aim to promote efficient public administration of government and public service in the UK by providing programmes of education, training, research and study for the public benefit and on a non-party political basis.

We do this through undertaking original research, developing learning tools and resources, running events for exchange of ideas and providing practical advice for senior decision makers.


Timing & Content

9.30-10.00 Welcome and introductions

10.00-11.00 The reality of government

• The landscape of government

• Current challenges and preoccupations of government

• The impact of the political landscape for academic research

11.00-11.15 BREAK

11.15-12.00 Evidence and policy making

• How policy making works in practice

• Understanding the constraints policy makers face

• How to maximise the impact of your research

12.00-12.15 BREAK

12.15-1.00 Practical examples of engagement

• Advice and lessons learned from researchers

1.00-1.45 LUNCH

1.45-2.45 Routes to engagement

• Parliament and select committees

• The civil service

• Think tanks and NGOs

2.45-3.00 BREAK

3.00-4.15 Communicating your research

• Building your profile

• How to communicate with non-academic audiences

• Practise explaining your research and its importance

4.15-4.30 Wrap-up and next steps