We have selected some useful external resources for you to explore, but before you go, have you explored CLOSER’s full range of policy hub resources?
A good first step is our How to engage with policymakers section where we lay out the basics of policy engagement.
We also have bespoke templates for researchers to create documents for parliamentary engagement, written evidence submissions, briefing notes, and trackers covering Areas of Research Interest, government consultations and relevant parliamentary committee inquiries.
Universities Policy Engagement Network: A community of UK universities committed to increasing the impact of research on policy that offers knowledge exchange events, learning resources, and newsletters with new engagement opportunities.
Scottish Policy and Research Exchange: Opportunities for engagement and networking in Scottish policy circles, as well as learning resources.
Capabilities in Academic Policy Engagement (CAPE): A knowledge exchange and research project that explores how to support engagement between academics and policy professionals across the higher education sector.
Economic and Social Research Council: Institute for Government: How to influence policymakers: Information on the different kinds of policymakers you can engage with and how to work with various Parliamentary bodies. Introduces All-Party Parliamentary Groups and the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology (POST).
Institute for Government: How to engage with policy makers: A guide for academics in the arts and humanities. While geared towards humanities researchers, the information is helpful across the board. Goes into more detail on how to leverage partnerships and other perspectives.
Chandrika Nath: How do I brief policymakers on science-related issues? More details on how to construct a briefing on a complex issue for busy policymakers. Includes checks to ensure appropriate style and accuracy of the briefing.
Capabilities in Academic Policy Engagement CAPEcast: In-depth discussions on academic-policy engagement, learning and insights. Features several episodes on regional policy engagement.
Centre for Science and Policy Podcast: Weekly evidence-based discussions about the pressing challenges facing policymakers and the engagement surrounding them.
CLOSER: Impact for beginners webinar
UK Parliament Knowledge Exchange Unit: Policy Engagement for Researchers – how to engage with Government, in contrast to Parliament.