This section covers public affairs – the process by which you can influence policymakers.
It highlights the vital role that research has in public policymaking and gives advice on how best to present your case. It gives details of the support available from the ESRC including training, publications and help with organising events.
It explains key aspects of the UK policymaking process and links to some vital information sources. It also gives advice on managing and maintaining a range of policymaking contacts and gives tips on using specialist public affairs agencies.
- Why public affairs are important
- Guide to influencing public affairs
- Information and resources
- How the ESRC can help
- Top tips
- How academics can engage with policy: Matthew Goodwin's 10 tips for a better conversation (The Guardian)
The ESRC commissioned Barbara Doig, a former senior civil servant, to look at how social scientists have been successful in getting their research into the evidence base in government.
Professor Matthew Flinders at the Department of Politics, University of Sheffield, has provided 'ten tips for engaging with Parliament' and getting research across to parliamentary select committees.