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Public Policy Impact

Public Policy Impact is an important part of research impact. There are a number of ways in which research can achieve policy impact and resources available to assist researchers.

Training for academic researchers

Research Impact at the UK Parliament, which includes pages on what interests Parliament, how Parliament uses research and how you can engage with Parliament, http://www.parliament.uk/research-impact 

 

To look at examples of existing research impact, you can now view the REF2014 impact case studies at: http://results.ref.ac.uk/

Research by Cambridge academics feature in policy reports. One of the ways research has impact on public policy is through evidence to parliamentary committees. Many Cambridge academics provide expert evidence to select committees. 

See the following report for a review of the role of select committees: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/publications/tabs/unit-publications/153.pdf

See also the following report on the value of history to policy making: http://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk

There are web-based resources to identify calls for parliamentary evidence in your research area. For example, Manchester University produce a regular list of calls for parliamentary evidence: http://www.policy.manchester.ac.uk/resources/evidence/

 

The Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology (POST) produce evidence summaries 'POST notes' on different topics: http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/offices/bicameral/post/publications/)

POST has also recently established a social science section to boost social science evidence for parliamentarians:

http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2013/09/09/exclusive-look-post-social-science-section/

‘Constituency Explorer’ is a new collaboration between the House of Commons Library and Durham University to provide information, evidence and links for constituencies: http://www.constituencyexplorer.org.uk/

 

See also the following website for evidence to select committees and alerts in your subject are:  http://www.theyworkforyou.com/

 

 

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Nov 15, 2018

Simon Deakin, Director of the Centre for Business Research and Professor of Law at the University of Cambridge, tells the Cambridge Public Policy SRI (Strategic Research Initiative) why Brexit isn’t the cure for Britain’s broken economic model.

There’s no better trade deal for the UK than being in the EU but the Chequers ‘sticky tape’ may just help the UK Brexit if it still wants to.

Sep 21, 2018

Dr Lorand Bartels, a Reader in International Law at the University of Cambridge, teaches WTO & EU law, tells the Cambridge Public Policy SRI (Strategic Research Initiative) what he thinks the UK’s prospects are of getting proper trade deals with other countries post Brexit.

Will Michel Barnier save Theresa May’s bacon and will historian’s look back on a wasted three months soon after the UK’s June 2016 Referendum?

Sep 13, 2018

Catherine Barnard, Professor of EU Law at the University of Cambridge and a Senior Fellow of UK in a Changing Europe tells the Cambridge Public Policy SRI (Strategic Research Initiative) what she thinks of the UK government’s Chequers Deal.

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About Us

We aim to support public policy research across Cambridge University, working with colleagues in science, social science, the arts and humanities, to apply new thinking to public policy problems and promote research and analysis into the public policy process. We hope to connect and raise the profile of existing public policy related work across the University and support collaborative research that includes policy development in a range of subject areas. 

Contact us if you are interested in joining the initiative or would like to know more.