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From the Academy to Policy-Making: Building Effective Partnerships

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AHRC Workshop, 12 July 2013, University of Birmingham

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From the Academy to Policy-Making: Building Effective Partnerships

  1. 1. Combining the strengths of UMIST and The Victoria University of Manchester From the Academy to Policy-Making: Building Effective Partnerships Different Partnerships: Accident and Design Margot Brazier and Hugh Whittall
  2. 2. Combining the strengths of UMIST and The Victoria University of Manchester Academic Research and Policy Making 1. Policy makers doing their own research discover papers and research reports that help them develop and formulate proposals. 2. Policy makers expressly commission research/consultancy. In many jurisdictions the courts may invite expert academic evidence and more actively seek out the fruits of research. 3. Policy makers invite individual academics to chair or be a member of a body set up to consider some aspect of government. 4. Independent organisations such as the Nuffield Council of Bioethics involve academics in their own review of policy. 5. Academics deliberately seek formal partnerships with policy makers in designing a research project. We initiate and not simply respond.
  3. 3. Combining the strengths of UMIST and The Victoria University of Manchester REF Impact 2 major problems • In this sort of engagement you are likely to be invited to take up this role as much for your skills at chairing or dealing with people as your research. • Proof of impact can be tricky particularly where the academic or academics have been one of a number of stake holders.

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