The Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) at the University has funding from the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account to organise two Policy Workshops in 2016-17 and we are seeking informal expressions of interest from researchers working on economic and social science research who would like to engage with policy makers. Policy workshops can be organised at relevant points in the research lifecycle – from the earliest stage to scope out issues, to research completion, exploring policy implications.
Policy workshops bring policy makers from across relevant governmental organisations together with researchers, industry, and third sector, allowing highly effective knowledge exchange and network building. Policy workshops are generally for about 16-20 people, drawn from academia, policy and business/third sector. We can generate the invitation list from the CSaP network as well as through new research regarding appropriate people to invite. Each policy workshop generates new connections between researchers and policy officials. Workshops will provide an insight into current relevant policy questions, as well as the current state of research, and a written report will be produced to be shared with all participants. More information about previous policy workshops is available at http://www.csap.cam.ac.uk/Research-Policy-Engagement/policy-workshops/ and the CSaP network of Policy Fellows can be viewed at http://www.csap.cam.ac.uk/policy-fellowships/policy-fellows/
Any researcher interested in collaborating with CSaP on a Policy Workshop is asked to contact Nicola Buckley at CSaP, using the contact details below, by 11 November 2016 for consideration for these ESRC IAA-funded workshop possibilities in 2016-17. In choosing research topics for Policy Workshops, CSaP will consider the policy relevance of the research in question and possibilities for convening workshop participants on the topic.