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Access some of the resources Policy Scotland used in policy impact training for researchers and research students and get links to policy engagement resources from the UK and Scottish Parliaments

They contain links to useful existing resources and provide top tips for achieving policy impact, understanding your stakeholders and writing policy briefs.

Policy engagement and how to write a policy brief

This training was produced in collaboration with SPRE for an event for PhD researchers entitled Policymakers and your PhD, organised by University of Glasgow Research and Innovation Services.

While those in attendance were postgraduate researchers, the material used in the training is useful for all types of academics interested in improving their impact and engagement with policymakers. The session gives an overview of engagement (the who, what, when, where and how) and goes into detail on how to write a policy brief.

Understanding and reaching your stakeholders

This training was originally delivered to Scotland’s Third Sector Research Forum Conference and focused on understanding how policy actors in a variety of fields are stakeholders in your research, and how to reach them. Includes some common methods for stakeholder mapping.

Connecting with policymakers

The UK Parliament and the Scottish Parliament have dedicated teams of professionals and resources available on their website to help academics use their research and expertise to impact parliamentary work.

UK Parliament

The UK Parliament’s hub – Research Impact at the UK Parliament – contains information for researchers about what types of issues and research interests the Parliament, how to engage, how-to guides (including how to write a policy brief and how to write and submit evidence to a committee) and how to stay up to date with engagement opportunities.

Access the UK Parliament engagement resources

You can also connect with UK Parliament’s Knowledge Exchange Unit, who work directly with academics.

Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre provides an important avenue and resources for academics to engage with Parliament through their programme of academic engagement. You can also take a look at their research briefings and the SPICe Spotlight blog to find some examples of good practice in writing for policymakers.

Access the Scottish Parliament engagement resources

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