Date(s) - 18/11/2015
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Strategic Society Centre
A public debate on the future of the policy impact agenda.
Speakers at the event include:
- Professor Colin Talbot, Professor of Government, University of Manchester
- Stephen Aldridge, Director for Analysis and Innovation, DCLG
- James Lloyd, Director, Strategic Society Centre
- Dr Caroline Kenny, Social Science Adviser, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
- Jill Rutter, Programme Director, Institute for Government (Chair)
Twitter hashtag: #sscimpact
This event is free and open to all; however, registration is required. If you would like to attend, please register here.
In recent years, unprecedented effort has gone into ensuring that UK social science research impacts upon public policy design and decision-making.
The emergence of the ‘impact agenda’ has seen a fundamental rethink occur in how university researchers engage with the policy process, and the perceived responsibilities of the academic community.
Academics have been encouraged to adopt new practices – such as tweeting and blogging – to increase the profile of their research and its influence on policymaking.
This event will take stock and evaluate the progress of this agenda, and explore:
- Policy change – does UK social science have the right ‘theory of change’ around how new research can lead to improvements in policy design?
- Effectiveness – do new ‘impact activities’ actually result in better decision-making by civil servants and politicians? Has social science become more influential on policy decision-making in recent years in light of the ‘impact agenda’?
- Defining impact – what does successful social science ‘impact’ on the policymaking process really look like?
- The future of ‘impact’ – what else can be done to ensure that UK policy and practice realises the benefits of social science research?