How can you shape policy with your research?
Planning Your Policy Impact
- Check out the Arts & Humanities Research Council’s guide on policy engagement
- Here’s a nice piece from Sarah Foxen, reposted on the LSE Impact blog, on getting your research into parliament
- The Alliance for Useful Evidence has a discussion paper on “Using Evidence” that helps elucidate the relationship between research and policy-making
- The Overseas Development Institute has “Bridging Research and Policy: Context, Evidence and Links,” which provides tools for promoting evidence-based policy
- Take a look at Policy Impact Toolkit co-produced by the International Initiative for Impact Evaluations (3ie) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
Here is the Think Tank Initiative’s Policy Engagement and Communications Program — Anglophone Africa: A toolkit for researchers and communications officers
Look at the Center for Evaluation Innovation’s Advocacy Strategy Framework: A tool for articulating an advocacy theory of change
- Try out my adaption of this tool: Advocacy Strategy Framework (remember to enable macros)! Simply enter your intended impact activities and have your strategy mapped out for you. This will allow you to predict your intended outcomes and adjust your activities to maximise influence.
Ask yourself the three questions that guide how to assess your policy impact