Published: 8 January 2016

Influencing parliament and public policy with research


Online resources from a North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) workshop are now available, providing insight about how to make research influential in parliament and public policy.

The resources were delivered with the support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Parliamentary Outreach Service and the Institute for Government.

The event provided expert guidance to delegates on how to communicate with policymakers, how to engage a policymaking audience online and the role of research in government policy and parliamentary inquiries.

Gary Hart, Houses of Parliament Outreach Officer for the North West of England, said: “We are particularly keen to encourage academics to engage more with Parliamentarians and policymakers at Westminster.

“The NWCDTP’s workshop was a brilliantly informative, well planned day providing exceptional information, advice and guidance as to how researchers can effectively participate with and influence Parliament’s core activities and functions.”

A keynote address entitled Engaging with policymakers as a ‘useful historian’ was given by the University’s own Professor Sally Sheard. Professor Sheard spoke about her early experiences of working with those who formulate policy. A video and slides of her presentation are now available.

The University’s Dr Alex Balch also shared his experiences of influencing policy and measuring this as impact. With particular insight and advice for Postgraduate Researchers. Dr Balch’s presentation is available here.

Jane Tinkler from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology provided guidance including ‘Eight ways research gets into parliament’ and ‘Five steps to creating influence’. Jane’s presentation slides are available here.

The NWCDTP will be exploring opportunities to work with academics across its seven partner institutions to offer discipline-specific public policy engagement training in the arts and humanities.

If you are interested in partnering with the NWCDTP in this area please contact Professor Stuart Jones at:

A full list of resources available from the workshop can be accessed via the NWCDTP website.

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