How can I engage with policymakers?

A number of organisations provide useful guidance documents on ways in which to approach engagement with policymakers, both in general terms and regarding particular skills:

General guidance on policy engagement

Humanities and Policy Engagement: An Introduction for Researchers 
University of Oxford 

Engaging with policymakers as a researcher in the Arts and Humanities: a guide to how, what and why 
Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson, Research Fellow, Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford 

Research in Conversation 
Tips from policy-engaged academics - University of Oxford   

Conflicting Truths: How does Government Listen to Scientists? 
Dr Claire Craig 

Communicating Research for Evidence Based Policymaking 
European Commission

Influencing UK Public Policy 
Economic and Social Research Council

How do I brief policymakers on science-related issues? 
Chandrika Nath

Research, Impact and the UK Parliament 
UK Parliament

Getting your research into the UK Parliament 
UK Parliament

Where next for evidence and policy in post-Brexit Britain? 
Palgrave Communications

Universities Policy Engagement Network (UPEN) Guidance Notes
The University of Oxford is a member of the UK-wide Universities Policy Engagement Network (UPEN). This network enables members to share guidance and experiences of policy engagement. UPEN also works directly with UK policymakers. You can also visit the UPEN Blogs for discussion of key issues in policy engagement, including the perspectives of academics and UK policymakers.

Reviews and Evidence Synthesis

Evidence Synthesis for Policy: a Statement of Principles 
Royal Society and Academy of Medical Sciences

Systematic reviews for policymaking: Three tips on where to start 
Kamal Mahtani, University of Oxford

What makes a systematic review "complex"? 
Kamal Mahtani, Tom Jefferson and Carl Heneghan, University of Oxford

UNICEF series on Methodological Briefs on Evidence Synthesis:

  1. Overview
  2. Introduction
  3. Developing and Designing and Evidence Synthesis Product
  4. Collating and Analysing Studies for Synthesis
  5. Commissioning and Managing and Evidence Synthesis Project
  6. The Future of Evidence Synthesis and Knowledge Brokering
  7. Resources and Tools for Evidence Synthesis
  8. Glossary

Writing policy briefs

Tips on how to write a policy brief 
Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

How to plan, write and communicate and effective policy brief: three steps to success 
Laura ffrench-Constant, Research to Action

POLICY BRIEFS: A guide to writing policy briefs for research uptake
LSHTM Blogs

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