With demands on researchers to demonstrate the impact of their work ever increasing, the ability to successfully identify and engage with policy audiences is critical. There is an extensive body of literature that already exists around impact, policy influence and engagement and the research policy nexus which can be overwhelming. This short guide aims to provide some practical advice and guidance on some of the most commonly used approaches, tools and tactics for effective policy engagement and some examples of how they can be applied in a health context.
- Policy engagement – The Think Tank Initiative explores how policy influence really works in different countries
- Developing a strategic approach to policy engagement and communication – This is a presentation from the Institute of Development Studies delivered as part of a two day workshop held in Nepal in 2014 aimed at communications professionals or the point person for communication within fifteen South Asian think tanks.
- Why engage with policymakers? – Dr Anna Krzywoszynska from Durham University reflects on the workshop session she ran on ‘Policy engagement and the nexus’ in the afternoon of the Nexus Network Annual Conference in November 2015.
- How proximity and trust are key factors in getting research to feed into policymaking – Jo Maybin, The Kings Fund, outlines how research most likely has an impact as a result of personal interactions between individual researchers and policymakers in this blog post.