The Research Excellence Framework has increased scrutiny of research impact, or the non-academic influence of academic research. For many in the social sciences, this non-academic impact takes the form of impact on public policy. At the same time, the UK Civil Service, through publications such as ‘Twelve Actions to Professionalise Policy Making’, has reiterated an increased support for transparent and robust evidence in policy making, including evidence from academic sources. But what frameworks do we have for analysing and evaluating the impact of academic research on government policy, in what is so frequently a collaborative and highly politicised process? Which method of evaluation is most appropriate for different kinds of research and policy impacts? This workshop will examine several different formal qualitative and quantitative evaluation techniques, using case studies to collaboratively discuss with participants which approaches are most appropriate for different scenarios of policy impact. The workshop will end by brainstorming recommendations for best practice in evaluating policy impact and improving policy-academia interactions within the university.
|Theme:||Impact & Public Engagement|
|Level:||Open to all|
|Time:||10:20 - 11:00|
|Date:||17th Jun 2019|
|Room:||Meeting Room 1b|
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