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Engaging with policymakers

One day workshop with the Institute for Government

A Research Services research event
Date4 April 2019
Time9:30 to 17:00
PlaceAmory C501

Event information:

A one day workshop for researchers/academics provided by the Institute for Government.

This fast-paced, informative and practical day will allow you to work individually and with colleagues to create action plans to apply what has been learned.

Key objectives:

  • Gain an improved understanding of the governmental landscape
  • Learn how policy making works in practice and consider how your research could make a difference
  • Explore policy making from the perspective of the Civil Service
  • Learn how to best engage with select committees
  • Communicate effectively with policy makers to maximise the impact of your work

Indicative programme


Approximate timing



Welcome and introductions


The reality of government

  • The landscape of government
  • Current challenges and preoccupations of government
  • The impact of the political landscape for academic research




Evidence and policy making

  • How policy making works in practice
  • Understanding the constraints policy makers face
  • How to maximise the impact of your research




Practical examples of engagement

  • Advice and lessons learned from researchers


Engaging with select committees

  • How select committees work in practice
  • Tips for engaging with select committees




Engaging with the Civil Service

  • How Civil Servants use evidence
  • Ways of engaging with the civil service


Pitching to policy makers

  • How to communicate with non-academic audiences
  • Practise explaning your research and its importance


Individual action planning



Presenter biographies

Tom Sasse

Tom is a Researcher at the Institute for Government, focusing on how policy makers can best make use of academic evidence. He joined the Institute from the Open Data Institute, where he advised governments and businesses around the world on strategies to make better use of data. Before that, he worked at the think tank Reform, where his research focused on health, social care and criminal justice policy. Tom holds a degree in History and Politics from the London School of Economics.

Katie Thorpe

Katie Thorpe is a learning and development consultant working in both public and private sectors, and is currently the Institute’s Learning and Development Advisor. She is responsible for the Engaging with Government programme for Early Career Researchers which is run annually on behalf of the AHRC and designs and delivers sessions on similar topics to a range of audiences. Prior to starting her own business she spent 13 years at professional services firm Deloitte, training first as an auditor and then moving to the global learning group.

About the Institute for Government

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.

Learning and development on engaging with policy makers

One of our strands of work is on better policy making, including how evidence is used to inform the policy making process. We believe that policy is made most effectively when policy makers have access to expertise and evidence from across a range of disciplines.

We seek to help researchers, voluntary sector workers and other experts engage effectively with government by helping them understand how policy making in the UK really works, whom they should engage with and how they should go about it.

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ProviderResearch Services

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