Social Science Section at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

Lead Research Organisation: University College London
Department Name: Science, Tech, Eng and Public Policy

Abstract

As the emblem of British democracy and an institution with significant policy influence, Parliament fulfils a number of important and democratic responsibilities through its work to make laws, debate topical issues and scrutinise the work of government. Members of Parliament are required on a daily basis to deal with issues that are widely varied, rapidly evolving and increasingly complex, from rising levels of obesity to cyber security and environmental change. These challenges cannot be adequately addressed by simply using common sense, experience, precedent, or ideological principles; information is vital and comes in a variety of formats, from statistics to consultation responses, and from a range of different sources, including individual experts, groups of stakeholders and the wider public. Scientific research has a key role to play in providing decision makers with the best available evidence to inform their considerations and to hold Government to account effectively; however, high quality research in and of itself is not enough to ensure that decision making - in any context - is informed by it.

In recognition of the benefits of scientific research to inform policy, UK Government has in recent years developed comprehensive and formal structures of science advice - broadly defined here as practices involving individuals, organisations and structures that mobilise knowledge from across the social, natural, engineering and medical sciences. Senior government officials and ministers now have access to vast numbers of government researchers and networks of external science advice to support them in their work, with an increased focus on the use of social science research and expertise. By contrast, science advice structures in Parliament are much less mature, and much more needs to be done to enable Parliamentarians to use the insights generated from publicly funded research to inform their considerations.

In this context, mobilising multidisciplinary knowledge is essential to meet domestic and global challenges and inform the consideration of pressing social problems. Realising this requires effective knowledge exchange (KE) to ensure that UK social science research meets the needs of, and is used by, Parliamentarians and the staff supporting them. Efforts to enhance awareness and use of social science research within Parliament only gained real traction with the establishment of a Social Science Section (SSS) in the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) three years ago. In partnership with University College London (UCL) and the support of the ESRC, over the last three years the SSS has embedded social science across POST's work and developed a stream of social science work to support Parliamentarians, as well as run a programme of research to understand the ways in which research is used in Parliament. This project will build on the foundational work completed to embed social science research and knowledge at the heart of Parliament thereby enabling more effective governance of our democratic society. Specifically, it will use existing evidence to implement innovative and effective KE approaches in POST and across Parliament, including providing Parliamentarians and the staff supporting them with direct access to cutting edge, interdisciplinary academic knowledge that is effectively synthesised and packaged for timely consumption, together with training to develop the skills base needed to make use of this. It will also facilitate links between the research community and Parliament, to increase academics understanding of the ways that they can engage with Parliament through their research, and enhance knowledge and practice about effective KE and the policy impact of academic research.

Planned Impact

This project will benefit two groups:
1.Parliamentary users (mainly in Westminster including POST, MPs and Peers, MP's staff, and Parliamentary staff, but also the devolved administrations)
2.The research community (academics and research brokers such as Research Councils, Learned Societies and Professional Associations)

These groups will benefit in a number of ways (more information is provided in the Case for Support and the Pathways to Impact statement)

Research users in UK Parliament
1.Greater access to high quality, multidisciplinary research that is both timely and relevant to their needs
Types of impact: Instrumental, (potentially) Conceptual. Achieved by:
-Integrating social science into all POST products and other internal work
-Producing separate social science stream of products
-Providing bespoke support to other Parliamentary offices as requested
2.More opportunities to meet and speak to researchers
Types of impact: Conceptual, Enduring connectivity. Achieved by:
-Running POST events
-Seconding researchers to other Parliamentary offices
-Establishing seminar programme with fellows and relevant Parliamentary staff.
3.Improved skills in finding, understanding and using research
Types of impact: Capacity building, Conceptual, Enduring connectivity. Achieved by:
-Developing tailored resources on using research
-Exploring the possibility of developing an online learning platform
4.Improving internal processes around the use of research
Types of impact: Attitudinal/cultural change, Instrumental, Process. Achieved by:
-Supporting the development and implementation of internal strategies around research use
-Piloting new and innovative approaches to engaging with and using research.
5.Improved ability to identify and trace impact of internally produced research
Type of impact: Instrumental. Achieved by:
-Informing the development and undertaking of internal pieces of research to understand the effectiveness of internal services.
-Exploring the possibility of developing an automated tool to identify the use of research in Parliament

The research community
1.Increased understanding about how Parliament works and where their research can feed into Parliamentary processes
Types of impact: Attitudinal/cultural change, Capacity building, Conceptual. Achieved by:
-Developing and delivery of targeted training and guidance in a variety of formats (online, face-to-face, social media).
-Running fellowship schemes to enable researchers at all stages of career to spend time working in Parliament.
2.Improved ability to identify and trace impact on Parliament
Types of impact: Instrumental, Process. Achieved by:
-Introducing new practices to track the impact of internal publications
-Exploring the possibility of developing an automated tool to identify use of research in Parliament
3.More opportunities to meet and speak to Parliamentarians and their staff about their research and increase the possibility of having impact
Types of impact: Conceptual, Enduring connectivity. Achieved by:
-Organising POST events to bring researchers and Parliamentarians together
-Engaging with regional and topic-based networks of academics and institutions
4.Improved understanding effective knowledge exchange strategies
Types of impact: Attitudinal/cultural change, (potentially) All types of impact. Achieved by:
-Evaluating the project and its impact
-Developing internal Parliamentary processes to support academics' need to measure impact
-Monitoring and evaluating researchers' interaction with Parliament
5.Increased ability to develop and produce research that addresses the needs of Parliament and is communicated in a relevant and appropriate way
Types of impact: Attitudinal/cultural change, Conceptual, Instrumental. Achieved by:
-Seconding fellows and post-PhD researchers' to other Parliamentary offices
-Developing practical assistance such as resources for key target groups in the academic community
 
Description This section details four key findings from the research and evaluation of the work of the Social Science Section (SSS) supported by this grant.

The role of research in the UK Parliament:
The SSS commenced a study of the Role of Research in the UK Parliament in Phase 1, and published its findings in Phase 2. This was the first detailed empirical study of the use of research evidence in a legislature. It found that the terms 'research' and 'evidence' are interpreted broadly by parliamentarians and the staff supporting them, and that the use of research evidence in Parliament is influenced by four key factors: credibility, relevance, accessibility, and timing. The study suggested that there is demand from across the research community to understand and engage with Parliament, and that academic research evidence is valued in Parliament. However, its use in Parliament was reported to be limited by perceptions that it: is overly specialised for a policy audience (lacks relevance); has low visibility as an information source and can be difficult to obtain or understand (lacks accessibility); and that it is often poorly attuned to the timing of parliamentary decision-making processes, such as select committee inquiries.
URL: https://www.parliament.uk/documents/post/POST_Role%20of%20Research%20in%20UK%20Parliament%202017.pdf
URL: https://www.parliament.uk/documents/post/The-Role-of-Research-in-the-UK-Parliament-2017-Volume-2.pdf

Academics' perceptions of barriers to engaging with UK Parliament:
The SSS undertook an online survey in 2017 to better understand academics' perceptions of barriers to engaging with Parliament. It found that the biggest barrier was not knowing how they could engage. Other significant barriers were lack of time, lack of institutional recognition of the value of engaging, and lack of incentive to contribute or recognition. Some respondents felt that their personal or professional background was a barrier to engagement, including disability, ethnicity, gender, research methodology and subject discipline.
URL: https://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/research-impact-at-the-uk-parliament/why-engage-with-parliament/supporting-researchers-to-engage/

Effectiveness of fellowships in UK Parliament for post-PhD academics:
The SSS ran a pilot parliamentary fellowship scheme to allow academics at any career stage post-PhD to work on specific projects in UK Parliament from 2016-2018. Evaluation indicated that for Parliament, the scheme could help to fill gaps in expertise, inform parliamentary scrutiny, grow academic networks, gain new perspectives and reflection on practice and new skills, and improve knowledge exchange. For fellows and the academic community the scheme was found to increase knowledge of Parliament, build networks and status, shape research agendas and publications, and have a positive impact on teaching.
URL: https://www.parliament.uk/documents/post/POST-Academic-Fellowship-Scheme.pdf
URL: https://www.parliament.uk/documents/post/Academic%20Fellowship%20Scheme/WEB-Fellowships-long-report.pdf

Improving ways of working in international legislative science advice:
Between October 2018 and October 2019, the SSS delivered a collaborative knowledge exchange (KE) project with partners in Spain and Mexico through an ESRC KE Uplift grant. In addition to this, the team carried out KE with stakeholders in Argentina and Colombia. Evaluation of activities highlighted a number of factors as leading to productive collaborations and interventions, including pre-existing relationships, positive relationships, availability of support both on the ground and remotely, and language competency.
URL: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2019/12/18/legislative-science-advice-is-a-powerful-tool-yet-the-majority-of-parliamentarians-around-the-world-dont-have-access-to-it/
Exploitation Route Findings from the study of the role of research in the UK Parliament and the survey of academics' perceptions of barriers to engaging with UK Parliament have several implications for legislatures, as well as the Higher Education (HE) sector and other knowledge brokering organisations. They suggest that more strategic and diverse collaboration between the HE sector and UK Parliament could enhance each other's ability to address key social and economic challenges, but that achieving this would require changes to incentive and support structures in academia, as well as processes, culture and capacity in UK Parliament.

Evaluation of the effectiveness of fellowships in UK Parliament for post-PhD academics suggests that they can potentially lead to significant impacts for the fellow, wider academic community and UK Parliament. However, it also highlighted several aspects that should be addressed to ensure improved delivery, satisfaction and impact in any future rounds. These findings are likely to have significance for other policy bodies considering establishing or evolving academic fellowships.

In regard to improving ways of working in international legislative science advice, evaluation suggests that individuals and groups in civil society, the research community and legislatures interested in setting up or evolving legislative science advice mechanisms should consider the role of stakeholder support, skills and capacity, and funding models for activities to be more likely to succeed.
Sectors Government, Democracy and Justice,Other

URL https://post.parliament.uk/
 
Description The grant period is complete, and the key overall impact of the work supported by this grant is summarised below. Supporting detailed descriptions of activities, together with specific outcomes and impacts, are provided in the 'Influence on Policy, Practice, Patients and the Public' and 'Engagement Activities' sections. Enhanced parliamentarians' and staff access to social science research and methods. The SSS increased POST's synthesis of social science research on policy issues by embedding the social sciences across POST's work programme and strengthening interdisciplinary working across POST. The SSS also deepened POST's relationships across Parliament and with the wider social science research community, increasing the amount and breadth of support provided by POST to other parliamentary offices to access and use research evidence and establish innovative practice. Demonstrated the relevance and importance of research evidence to the work of UK Parliament and strengthened the skills of parliamentary staff to use it. The SSS facilitated cross-House collaboration to enhance POST's support in providing continuing professional development (CPD) on research evidence and to embed it within wider core training and guidance for parliamentary staff and in professional development opportunities for MPs. Increased academic engagement across UK Parliament. The SSS coordinated and strengthened academic engagement across UK Parliament through online and face-to-face support, including establishing a web hub on research impact, twitter account, programme of regional training conferences for academics, and a new fellowship scheme for post-PhD academics. Implemented good practice in knowledge exchange (KE) in POST and across UK Parliament. The SSS implemented KE good practice in shaping the development of a new strategy for POST, 'POST at 30', which was launched in 2019 and a new Knowledge Exchange Unit for UK Parliament, established in September 2018. The SSS also supported the House of Commons Liaison Committee 2019 inquiry on Effective Scrutiny. The work of the SSS led to recommendations to change how select committees in the Commons use and assess research evidence to support effective scrutiny, including creating strategies and areas of research interest, and working closer with the research community. Shaped knowledge and practice in KE in policy nationally and internationally. The SSS enhanced understanding about effective KE approaches and shaped national policy in the UK Higher Education Sector to incentivise academic engagement with legislatures. It also influenced practice in legislative science advice at the international level.
First Year Of Impact 2016
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Communities and Social Services/Policy,Construction,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Energy,Environment,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice,Security and Diplomacy,Transport,Other
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Abbi Hobbs and Sarah Foxen reviewed an ESRC IAA bid to form a network of academics and parliamentary officials on public engagement
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Abbi Hobbs and Sarah Foxen reviewed and suggested edits and other relevant work/ activity re a ESRC IAA bid to form a network of academics and parliamentary officials on public engagement.
 
Description Abbi Hobbs suggested contacts for public engagement to the Joint Committee on Human Rights
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Abbi Hobbs was panel assessor for ESRC impact prize award
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Advice to delegate of civil servants from the South Korean Goverment
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Dr Rowena Bermingham met with Young Joo Nam (Korean Government legislative expert) to discuss stalking legislation in the UK in advance of legislation being drafted for stalking offences in Korea. Provided Young Joo Nam with the POSTnote 'Stalking and Harassment' as well as library briefings, legislative documents from the four nations of the UK and a bibliography. Discussed the opinions of stakeholders about the limitations of the legislation in the UK and about particular areas where the draft Korean legislation might experience similar limitations.
 
Description Advice to individual Peer in preparation for debate
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Dr Abbi Hobbs provided an individual Peer information about stress in the workplace and impacts on productivity, including relevant POST work and wider search of systematic reviews.
 
Description Advice to individual Peer in preparation for oral question
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Dr Caroline Kenny sent a Peer information about urelevant to an upcoming oral question on adapting education and training to address the needs of the changing economy.
 
Description Advising on establishing science advisory unit in Spanish national legislature
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Briefing on Public Opinions on Long-Term Funding of Adult Social Care used in Citizen's Jury Event
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact Dr Rowena Bermingham researched studies on public opinions on the long-term funding of adult social care and produced a summary for use at a citizen's jury event which fed into inquiry by Commons Health and Social Care and Housing, Communities and Local Government Committees.
 
Description Briefing support to Commons Health and Social Care, and Housing, Communities and Local Government Committees
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact Undertook in-depth qualitative analysis of the experiences and opinions of members of the public on the long-term funding of adult social care, submitted as written evidence, for the House of Commons Health and Social Care, and Housing, Communities and Local Government Committees inquiry on the long-term funding of adult social care. Work was cited in 2018 report. Committees are awaiting Government response.
URL https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmcomloc/768/768.pdf
 
Description Briefing support to the House of Commons Education Select Committee inquiry 'Evidence check: Grammar schools'.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact Published a peer-reviewed briefings for parliamentarians on Academic Evidence on Selective Secondary Education. The research was used to inform the considerations of the House of Commons Education Committee 2017 Evidence check on Grammar schools and cited in the report. The Committee is awaiting the Government response.
URL https://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmeduc/780/780.pdf
 
Description Briefing support to the House of Commons Health Select Committee inquiry on Suicide Prevention
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact Undertook in-depth qualitative analysis of the experiences and perspectives of individuals personally affected by suicide, submitted in memos not recommended for publication, for the House of Commons Health Select Committee inquiry on Suicide Prevention. Work was cited in the 2016 interim report. (Nb. Final report due for publication Thursday 16, so will update). Committee is awaiting Government response.
URL https://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmhealth/300/300.pdf
 
Description Building capacity in the use of research evidence in the Kenyan and Malawian Parliaments
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Dr Kenny was involved with two other POST staff in a DFID-funded project to increase the capacity to use research and evidence in decision-making. This project was a £2m SECURE Health programme, which aimed to strengthen capacity to use research evidence in policy making in Kenya and Malawi. The project aims to improve the ability of decision makers in developing countries to use evidence to inform policy and programme decisions. Dr Kenny fed into the development of a two-day training course to develop skills in finding and appriasing research evidence, which was delivered to 80 mid-level policy makers trained (40 in each country consisting 15 from the MoH and 10 from parliament); At least one follow-up made to each of the 80 trainees including 2 review workshops held with the 80 trainees (1 in each country). 20% of participants rated their knowledge of and skills in various evidence synthesis and utilization as 4 or above immediately after the training workshop and 1 year after workshop. 80% of trainees reporting that the training workshop improved their knowledge and skills immediately after the training workshop and 1 year after workshop. In addition, Dr Kenny helped to develop a fellowship programme for staff from the Kenyan and Malawian parliaments and was involved in the selection of candidates and supervising the fellows whilst they were in POST. In total, POST hosted four researcher for one month each, Two parliamentary clerks/research officers from each country were hosted. The fellows were required to give presentations and submit briefs for review during the fellowship. Fellows produced an action plan at the end of their fellowship, which POST staff have inputted to. An evaluation of the programme singled out the Kenyan Parliament as an example of using support to Parliament as a successful pathway to impact. The evaluation report characterised this as "Significant progress towards catalysing change at scale" and said that it (along with two other projects) involved 'top down' activities to establish procedures and incentives for evidence use at an organisational level, combined with 'bottom up' capacity building for technical staff - a model that appears to have significant potential to catalyse long-term progress towards improved evidence use.
URL http://www.itad.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/BCURE-Final-Evaluation-Report-25-Jan-2018.pdf
 
Description Contribution to Lords Debate
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact Lord Jordan CBE used POSTnote 539 on Creating Age-Friendly Cities to help him to prepare his contribution to the debate on the 'Value of local authorities adopting a strategic approach to falls prevention and easing the burden on the health and social care systems'.
 
Description Contribution to shaping REF 2021 guidelines
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.ref.ac.uk/media/1084/ref-2019_2-panel-criteria-and-working-methods.pdf
 
Description Created 13 standard documents for use in capacity building in LSA, in Spanish
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Preparation of documents in Spanish, which were used by partners 'ciencia en el Parlamento': What goes into a POSTnote Where to find information Interview tips Suggested timelines Appraising research What is a POSTnote scope Information template Expert policy brief Fellowship agreement Document of potential questions on all 12 topics Model POSTnote structures Example phrases for introducing research and evidence Internal review guidelines The ciencia en el parlamento team used these to inform their decisions and activities.
 
Description Cross-House Research Methods Course
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact The course consisted of six two-hour sessions run over six weeks. Participants were encouraged to attend all six sessions. The course included external academics giving a talk about the key principles of the particular area of research methods. Four sessions also included an exercise designed to allow participants to apply this to their work. These were led by individuals from each of the host sections. Each session also included a workshop on how to navigate key external sources of data and literature, led by representative(s) from a relevant source organisation or senior civil servants. The majority of participants either strongly agreed, or agreed, that the course met its five objectives: developing a thorough understanding of the key concepts underpinning research methodology (82%); enabling participants to be able to critically appraise research and evidence from different sources (82%); informing participants about key external sources of data and literature and how to navigate them effectively (100%); facilitating collaboration across colleagues from both Houses (59%); and enabling staff to build up contacts with external researchers and organisations (69%). 88% of respondents either strongly agreed or agreed that it was clear how the course contributed to either their own or their team's objectives and 76% felt that the course was relevant to their role. 82% of participants were very satisfied or satisfied with the course, and 88% either strongly agreed or agreed that they were engaged with what was going on during the programme. 88% of respondents strongly agreed or agreed that they had the necessary knowledge and skills to apply what they had learned on the course in their work. The percentage of respondents who rated themselves as confident or very confident rose between the pre-course and post-course survey in all the research methods skills, as follows: finding research (75% to 100%), appraising research (54% to 88%), using and interpreting quantitative data/statistics 17% to 75%), and using and interpreting qualitative data (46% to 95%).
 
Description Developed and piloted training on undertaking qualitative interviews for parliamentary staff in the House of Commons
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact In April 2017, Dr Hobbs delivered a training session to parliamentary staff involved in internal evaluation projects focused on sensitive interviewing. This was in anticipation of staff being involved in interviewing Members that had stood down or lost their seat at the 2017 General Election and built upon the experiences of staff that were involved in the previous study of this kind (https://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/admin-committee/Interview-study-Members-leaving-Parliament-report-April-2016.pdf). In February 2018, Dr Kenny developed and piloted a one-day training programme on qualitative research methods for parliamentary staff involved in the House's programme to evaluate its services. This was delivered to six staff who had been involved in previous evaluation projects. The session is now being rolled out to staff that have not previously been involved in evaluation work as part of an induction activities. Other support provided included introducing an informed consent form for interview participants telling them the purpose of the interview, how their data would be used and where it would be stored. No consent form had been used previously and this is now part of the standard process. In addition, Dr Kenny introduced a process of checking interview notes with participants for accuracy, which has also been incorporated into usual ways of working.
 
Description Developed and piloted training on using research for new specialists in the House of Commons Committee Office
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Developed and piloted one-off training session on finding and appraising research for ~15 new specialists in the House of Commons Committee Office in October 2016. Has led to further inquiries about SSS support available to Select Committees in appraising evidence.
 
Description Developing measures to monitor and report POST work and impact
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Dr Kenny's study into the use of research in Parliament and the impact of POST led her to develop a series of performance indicators and metrics to enable monitoring of POST's performance and impact on a quarterly basis. The measures were proposed as a way to capture the main areas of POST's work and indicators of its use and impact (both inside and outside parliament), as well as the extent and nature of its engagement with academics. The previous measure used by POST was to report the number of outputs it produced. Dr Kenny implemented tracking of required data across a number of different mediums and drawing upon internal and external data. These measures were developed and agreed in January 2017 and since then, have been reported quarterly to senior management in both the House of Commons and Lords (as POST is bicameral). The proposed metrics were presented to the POST Board (alongside the draft POST Impact report) for consideration in January 2018. Reporting of these metrics to the POST Board will begin from the meeting in March 2018.
 
Description ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoC) Policy Advisory Group (Dr Hobbs)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Edinburgh Impact Acceleration Account Advisory Group (Dr Hobbs)
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Edinburgh Impact Acceleration Account Advisory Group (Dr Kenny)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Evaluation of Procedural Hub
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Assisted with the design of a project to evaluate the Procedural Hub in Portcullis House. This involved analysing data collected by the Hub and interviewing senior members of Chamber and Committee staff to improve service.
 
Description Evidence Masterclass: Using Evidence to Improve Parliamentary Scrutiny
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact POST, in conjunction with the Alliance for Useful Evidence, ran this taster session for MPs' staff. It was designed to give them greater confidence in understanding and using evidence for parliamentary business - particularly scrutiny. It helped staff develop a critical eye, so that they are better able to judge whether research is misleading, or whether it effectively helps them answer key questions.
 
Description Grant Hill-Cawthorne was panel assessor for ESRC IAA Commissioning Panel
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description House of Lords Debate on Careers Education for Students
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://hansard.parliament.uk/lords/2018-09-06/debates/93FB7039-9CBE-4058-AABA-659546E318E0/CareersE...
 
Description Informing POST's approach to postgraduate fellowship students
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Dr Foxen's work has directly influenced the way that POST engages and works with its PhD fellowship students. POST hosts up to 30 PhD students each year on 3-month placements. The first way that Dr Foxen has shaped POST's work in this area was to improve its monitoring of diversity of fellowship students and development of strategy for more targeted recruitment of under-represented groups. Data on the universities, gender and geographical location of POST fellows was not routinely collected by POST. Such information was recorded, but was buried in application forms and so not analysed collectively by POST staff. Dr Foxen led the analysis of this data, collating information on all fellows hosted by POST since 2010. She led a meeting with POST staff to present this data, which was the first time that POST staff had had the opportunity to look at the institutions, gender and geography of the fellows they had accepted. The data showed that a disproportionate number of fellows had come from certain institutions and particular geographical regions. As a result of this data, POST has agreed to undertake more outreach sessions at those universities and regions that were underrepresent and to make more of a concerted effort to engage more widely. The second key influence that Dr Foxen achieved was to build upon feedback from current and former fellows and develop an ambassadorial programme for interested fellows to enable them to be deliver presentations about engaging with parliament at different universities. Previously, no support has been given to fellows who wanted to deliver such talks. Dr Foxen led the production of a template presentation that can be used by fellows when delivering such talks and is developing a 'light-touch' training programme for fellows on this matter. A consequence of this work is that POST is developing a LinkedIn profile to better maintain an alumni network with former fellows and will enable it to track future career pathways of former fellows, that can help it to better report impact and encourage applications from potential fellows.
 
Description Informing development of House of Commons Library legislative briefings
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact In 2017, Dr Hobbs undertook research as part of an internal evaluation project to understand Members and Members' staff perspectives on the House of Commons Library legislative briefing support. A report was produced outlining the key findings from this study. As a consequence of this piece of work, a number of actions were set for senior management in the Commons Library to respond to, and address, the findings of this project. These actions were formalised as official 'milestones' in the departmental strategic plan for 2017/18. At a performance review meeting in January 2018, the senior manager responsible for this milestone reported that most of the recommendations from the report had now been implemented.
 
Description Initiated establishment of science advisory unit in Chilean national legislature
Geographic Reach South America 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Initiated establishment of science advisory unit in Mexican national legislature
Geographic Reach North America 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Insights shaping fellowships programme in Welsh Assembly
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Parliamentary Evidence Week 2018
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact POST liaised with Sense about Science, the House of Commons Library, the House of Lords Library, and the Commons Science and Technology Committee to bring to Parliament Evidence Week, a week-long event aimed at helping parliamentarians and their staff incorporate evidence in their work. POST supported Sense about Science with the organisation of several events and facilitated the production of promotional material, internal and external communications, as well as meetings with key stakeholders. POST organised three events as part of Evidence Week. POST has also helped organise a further 19 events.
 
Description Reviewed 12 draft briefings produced by Ciencia en el Parlamento advisers
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Social science and the House of Lords
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact POST, in conjunction with the House of Lords Library, the Academy of Social Sciences, the ESRC, and the British Academy,organised a session to raise awareness of existing types and sources of social science research and expertise (both within and outside of Parliament), and identify any unmet needs for social science research and expertise amongst Members of the House of Lords and/or challenges faced in accessing existing types and sources. This session was organised in response to a request for peers to explore how best they can be supported in accessing and using social science research and expertise.
 
Description Support and training for staff of the Commons Health and Social Care Select Committee to carry out an impact evaluation of previous inquiries
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Dr Rowena Bermingham delivered training to staff from the Health and Social Care Select in how to conduct semi-structured interviews, including designing appropriate questions and how to write interview notes, in preparation for staff carrying out an impact evaluation on their 17-19 inquiries.
 
Description Support in the development and implementation of the first module of the Committee Office's effective scrutiny course
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Gemma Buckland, Dr Abbi Hobbs and Dr Rowena Bermingham worked with a number of external stakeholders (including the Alliance for Useful Evidence, the National Audit Office and the Institute for Government) to develop a four-day course on research evidence. Staff from across the House of Commons and House of Lords attended the course and reported changes in their views on research evidence and suggested ways they would change their work habits based on the course.
 
Description Support to Evaluation team project on General Election 2017
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Dr Rowena Bermingham undertook telephone interviews with MPs' staff based in constituencies as part of Evaluation Team's research into experiences after General Election 2017. Findings used to inform development of support for new Members.
 
Description Support to House of Commons Library Customer Services
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Dr Caroline Kenny produced a briefing summarising feedback on Commons Library from survey and interviews undertaken as part of POST Research Study.
 
Description Support to Restoration and Renewal Team by interviewing MPs re priorities for the programme.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Support to the Commons Committee Office to manage poster session for a celebration of 40 years of select committees
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Dr Rowena Bermingham and Dr Abbi Hobbs managed a poster session at the Select Committee 40th anniversary conference. They solicited poster submissions from select committees to showcase innovative work (such as different models of inquiry scoping or public engagement). They also created two posters describing work POST had supported in select committees. Ten posters were displayed during the conference, which spread information about different ways of working for select committees.
 
Description Support to the Commons Education Select Committee to create bidirectional placement with the Education Endowment Foundation
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Dr Rowena Bermingham supported work between the Commons Education Select Committee and the Education Endowment Foundation (part of the What Works Network) to create a placement for a Committee Specialist at the EEF and for the Education Committee to host a placement from the EEF. This has increased knowledge in the EEF of the work of Select Committees. It has also increased knowledge in the Education Committee of the work of the EEF and of best practice in evidence evaluation and synthesis.
 
Description Support to the Commons Health and Social Care Committee and their evidence review practices
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Dr Rowena Bermingham and Dr Abbi Hobbs provided explanations of hierarchies and standards of evidence to committee staff from the Commons Health and Social Care Select Committee to help them with their evidence reviewing practices.
 
Description Support to the Evaluation team looking at role of committee specialists
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Dr Abbi Hobbs conducted analysis on transcripts from focus groups about new committee specialists roles. She created a report to assist with decision-making about the scope of the committee specialists roles based off the discussions in the focus groups.
 
Description Support to the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee 'Immersive and Addictive Technologies' inquiry
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Dr Abbi Hobbs provided contacts, relevant reports and a briefing on immersive technologies for an inquiry on digital addiction.
 
Description Support to the House of Commons Education Committee 'Special Educational Needs and Disabilities' inquiry
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Dr Rowena Bermingham reviewed 91 personal submissions to the Special Education Needs and Disabilities inquiry that were deemed too sensitive to be published. She carried out thematic analysis and produced a report for the committee on the content of the submissions.
 
Description Support to the House of Commons Health and Social Care Select Committee 'Drugs Policy: Medicinal Cannabis' inquiry
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Dr Abbi Hobbs prvocided contacts, reccommendations for specialist advisers and literature search for inquiry on medicinal cannabis use and wider drugs policy reform.
 
Description Support to the House of Commons Health and Social Care Select Committee 'Drugs Policy: Medicinal Cannabis' inquiry
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Dr Abbi Hobbs and Dr Rowena Bermingham supported the inquiry. Including suggesting contacts, specialist advisers and undertaking a literature search for the inquiry on medicinal cannabis use and wider drugs policy reform. Also suggesting potential academics/ commentators for a private scoping session on drugs policy, and suggestion for relevant research on medicinal use of cannabis, links between drugs policy and opiate deaths, for example health impacts (and other impacts) of decriminalisation of various classes of drug and international comparisons.
 
Description Support to the House of Commons Health and Social Care Select Committee 'Sexual Health' inquiry
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Dr Abbi Hobbs and Dr Rowena Bermingham helped the committe design a survey to collect data on the experiences of users of sexual health services. Dr Rowena Bermingham reviewed 360 submissions and carried out thematic analysis, producing two reports for the committee.
 
Description Support to the House of Commons Women and Equalities Select Committee inquiry 'Race Disparity Audit'.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Provided list of academics and produced bespoke briefing paper for Commons Women and Equalities Committee for its inquiry into the Race Disparity Audit (2017/18). Five of the academics I suggested were approached by Committee staff and asked to submit written evidence. One of the academics was invited to give oral evidence without being asked to submit written evidence. A key point that was emphasised in the bespoke briefing was pressed upon in the oral evidence session by Committee members.
URL https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/women-and-equalities-com...
 
Description Support to the Lords' Public Services Select Committee in scoping potential inquiries
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Seconded staff drafted short summaries of potential inquiry topics in the social sciences for the new Public Services select committee.
 
Description Support to the Lords' Public Services Select Committee in scoping potential inquiries
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Dr Rowena Bermingham and Dr Abbi Hobbs drafted short summaries of potential inquiry topics in the social sciences for the new Public Services select committee.
 
Description Supported the Commons Liaison Committee 'Effective Scrutiny' inquiry
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Dr Abbi Hobbs and Dr Grant Hill-Cawthorne drafted and presented briefing on opportunities for partnerships with bodies distributing funds for publicly-funded research for inquiry on Effective Scrutiny.This led to a follow-up paper to the Liaison Committee on the topic, which included calls and meetings to discuss potential future partnerhships.
 
Description Supporting Select Committees to trial the use of different qualitative data software packages to manage large qualitative datasets
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Showcased qualitative data software packages to Select Committee staff interested in finding new and more effective ways to manage large qualitative datasets. Resulted in the Social Science Section providing support to three Select Committees to trial the use of different qualitative data software packages.
 
Description Survey on academics' barriers to engaging with Parliament
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This survey has informed processes and activities in Parliament, leading to more effective engagement between Parliament and the research community. It has also informed external stakeholders' behaviours and priorities.
URL https://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/research-impact-at-the-uk-parliament/why-engage-with-parliame...
 
Description Training for parliamentary staff doing interviews with MPs standing down or lost seat at 2017 General Election
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact In June 2017, Dr Hobbs developed and delivered a half-day training course for parliamentary staff who were involved in the House of Commons Evaluation Team's project to understand the experiences of Members in office who have decided to stand down, or lost their seat, at the end of this Parliament. This training included tips on sensitive interviewing.
 
Description Training for parliamentary staff on qualitative interviewing
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Dr Caroline Kenny led a seminar with Commons parliamentary staff involved in interview evaluation projects to discuss their experiences of undertaking interviews with MPs, and to identify their training needs. Many of these staff do not come from a research background and have not received formal training in qualitative research methods. This session directly informed the development of a 2-session training course for parliamentary staff involved in these interviews. The outline of this course is below. The first module has already been delivered by Dr Kenny).Module 1 1. Conducting a face to face interview - Skills needed (confidence, asking questions, listening, probing, flexibility, etc) - Working from the guide - Probing for depth and detail - Keeping interview on focus - Prioritisation of questions 2. Dealing with emotional participants - What should be the correct response in these situations? - How much flexibility is there to move 'off script' to deal with these situations? 3. Note taking - Techniques for taking effective notes - When notes should be submitted Module 2 1. Focus Groups - Understanding as research and consultation method - The dynamics of focus groups - Probing in a group - Keeping the discussion on track - Balancing participation 2. Note taking for focus groups 3. Analysing feedback notes (interviews and focus groups) and producing a report.
 
Description Training for the House of Commons Defence Select Committee on qualitative analysis and software
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Dr Abbi Hobbs and Dr Rowena Bermingham met with two of the specialists to discuss benefits of qualitative analysis of individual evidence submissions where considered too personal to publish. Developed outline training session on Nvivo 12 to manage data and delivered this.
 
Description Training on using evidence included in MP's Professional Development Programme (MPD)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Following recommendations by the Administration Committee after the 2015 Election, New Members were offered ongoing professional development and training, as part of a Members' Professional Development (MPD) programme. Project staff have provided ongoing support to the development of MPD across the House of Commons, as well as developed specific opportunities related to the use of research evidence, which are now integrated in the wider offer.
 
Description Use of training methods and materials in our research methods course by Dutch Parliament
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Used evaluation findings and insights from KE uplift to inform UK Parliament's international work
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Used evaluation findings and insights from KE uplift to compile and revise standard documents in English to be used by UK Parliament in international work, including POST's services, review guidance, interviewing stakeholders and timetables for writing briefings. Also fed learnings from the uplift into POST's drafting of its international strategy, informing decisions made.
 
Description ADDITIONAL FUNDING NOTIFICATION: Research Grant, Knowledge Exchange Opps GRANT TITLE: Social Science Section at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
Amount £103,353 (GBP)
Funding ID ADDITIONAL FUNDING: Research Grant, Knowledge Exchange Opps to grant ES/P002250/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2018 
End 09/2019
 
Description Parliamentary academic fellowship scheme-ESRC and EPSRC IAAs 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Dr Kenny established a scheme working collaboratively with universities in receipt of ESRC and EPSRC 'Impact Acceleration Award' funding. This was to pilot a Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme to enable academics (at any stage of their career post-PhD) to come and work on specific projects in Parliament. It involves two phases: • The first phase, which closed in November 2016, was a Directed Call and gave academics the opportunity to apply to work one of six projects proposed by Parliamentary offices. In total, we received 22 applications to the Directed Call and accepted six academics. • The second phase is an Open Call, which closed on 4 September 2017. This allowed academics to propose a project of their choosing as long as they could demonstrate its relevance to Parliament. In total we received 49 applications from 20 universities. 17 academics have been successful so far with a further 10 academics still being considered by parliamentary offices.
Collaborator Contribution Universities in receipt of ESRC or EPSRC IAA funding have agreed to fund 100% of the costs to support successful academics from their institutions to undertake a project in Parliament.
Impact In November 2016, the project team launched a pilot parliamentary fellowship scheme to allow academics at any career stage post-PhD to work on specific projects in UK Parliament. The scheme involved a directed call and open call for projects. Twenty-nine academics from 18 universities participated in the scheme. Fellows undertook a variety of projects, including: providing advice and support to a committee; scrutinising a specific area of government policy; contributing to or providing briefing material or advice; studying aspects of parliamentary processes or perceptions of processes; helping to improve processes or develop staff capacity; generating data to facilitate effective scrutiny; or writing specific papers for parliamentary teams. Evaluation indicated that for Parliament, the scheme could help to fill gaps in expertise, inform parliamentary scrutiny, grow academic networks, gain new perspectives and reflection on practice and new skills, and improve knowledge exchange. For fellows and the academic community the scheme was found to increase knowledge of Parliament, build networks and status, shape research agendas and publications, and have a positive impact on teaching. However, it also highlighted several aspects that should be addressed to ensure improved delivery, satisfaction and impact in any future rounds. These findings are likely to have significance for other policy bodies considering establishing or evolving academic fellowships.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Parliamentary academic fellowship scheme-ESRC and EPSRC IAAs 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Dr Kenny established a scheme working collaboratively with universities in receipt of ESRC and EPSRC 'Impact Acceleration Award' funding. This was to pilot a Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme to enable academics (at any stage of their career post-PhD) to come and work on specific projects in Parliament. It involves two phases: • The first phase, which closed in November 2016, was a Directed Call and gave academics the opportunity to apply to work one of six projects proposed by Parliamentary offices. In total, we received 22 applications to the Directed Call and accepted six academics. • The second phase is an Open Call, which closed on 4 September 2017. This allowed academics to propose a project of their choosing as long as they could demonstrate its relevance to Parliament. In total we received 49 applications from 20 universities. 17 academics have been successful so far with a further 10 academics still being considered by parliamentary offices.
Collaborator Contribution Universities in receipt of ESRC or EPSRC IAA funding have agreed to fund 100% of the costs to support successful academics from their institutions to undertake a project in Parliament.
Impact In November 2016, the project team launched a pilot parliamentary fellowship scheme to allow academics at any career stage post-PhD to work on specific projects in UK Parliament. The scheme involved a directed call and open call for projects. Twenty-nine academics from 18 universities participated in the scheme. Fellows undertook a variety of projects, including: providing advice and support to a committee; scrutinising a specific area of government policy; contributing to or providing briefing material or advice; studying aspects of parliamentary processes or perceptions of processes; helping to improve processes or develop staff capacity; generating data to facilitate effective scrutiny; or writing specific papers for parliamentary teams. Evaluation indicated that for Parliament, the scheme could help to fill gaps in expertise, inform parliamentary scrutiny, grow academic networks, gain new perspectives and reflection on practice and new skills, and improve knowledge exchange. For fellows and the academic community the scheme was found to increase knowledge of Parliament, build networks and status, shape research agendas and publications, and have a positive impact on teaching. However, it also highlighted several aspects that should be addressed to ensure improved delivery, satisfaction and impact in any future rounds. These findings are likely to have significance for other policy bodies considering establishing or evolving academic fellowships.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Partnership with Devolved Administrations 
Organisation Northern Ireland Assembly's Research and Information Service
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We contribute to this joint working group information and ideas around best practice. We work together on national policy issues, for example the REF2021. We currently are leading on the coordination of the group and lead on a number of projects. We host the group in Westminster.
Collaborator Contribution Partners contribute their insights around best practice. They also participate in collaborative projects.
Impact Our collaborative work has led to a change in higher education policy: we produced a joint briefing on research impact in legislatures. Insights from this around what is parliamentary impact and how can it be evidenced fed directly into the panel criteria and working methods for REF 2021. More specifically, into Annex A on impacts and evidence, and paragraph 303. In February 2020 we led on the production of a joint briefing on KE and Legislatures. This was at the request of Research England, to feed into work around KEF.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Partnership with Devolved Administrations 
Organisation Scottish Parliament
Department Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We contribute to this joint working group information and ideas around best practice. We work together on national policy issues, for example the REF2021. We currently are leading on the coordination of the group and lead on a number of projects. We host the group in Westminster.
Collaborator Contribution Partners contribute their insights around best practice. They also participate in collaborative projects.
Impact Our collaborative work has led to a change in higher education policy: we produced a joint briefing on research impact in legislatures. Insights from this around what is parliamentary impact and how can it be evidenced fed directly into the panel criteria and working methods for REF 2021. More specifically, into Annex A on impacts and evidence, and paragraph 303. In February 2020 we led on the production of a joint briefing on KE and Legislatures. This was at the request of Research England, to feed into work around KEF.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Partnership with Devolved Administrations 
Organisation Welsh Assembly
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We contribute to this joint working group information and ideas around best practice. We work together on national policy issues, for example the REF2021. We currently are leading on the coordination of the group and lead on a number of projects. We host the group in Westminster.
Collaborator Contribution Partners contribute their insights around best practice. They also participate in collaborative projects.
Impact Our collaborative work has led to a change in higher education policy: we produced a joint briefing on research impact in legislatures. Insights from this around what is parliamentary impact and how can it be evidenced fed directly into the panel criteria and working methods for REF 2021. More specifically, into Annex A on impacts and evidence, and paragraph 303. In February 2020 we led on the production of a joint briefing on KE and Legislatures. This was at the request of Research England, to feed into work around KEF.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Partnership with Parliament's Universities Programme 
Organisation Parliament of UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Dr Foxen is based jointly with the Universities Team in Parliament. Social Science staff collaborated on the establishment of the successful 'Research impact in the UK Parliament' series of regional workshops (which was based upon the findings from its research into citations of parliament in the REF 2014 impact case studies) and a member of the team always delivers a session at these workshops.
Collaborator Contribution Partnering on the successful 'Research impact in the UK Parliament' series of regional workshops.
Impact Outputs include the workshops that have been delivered, blog pieces published by Dr Foxen - all of which listed under engagement.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Working with Ciencia en el Parlamento and la Fundación Espanola de Ciencia y Tecnología 
Organisation Ciencia en el Parlamento
Country Spain 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Sarah Foxen and Chris Tyler are providing insights to these institutions on how to deliver science advice to a legislature. Sarah is involved in training the academics in how to draft research briefings and deliver science advice. Both are conducting participant observation, with a view to supporting Ciencia en el Parlamento to set up a science advice mechanism in the Congress.
Collaborator Contribution Ciencia en el Parlamento have given us access to be able to observe their project. Our participant observation and documentary analysis will enable us to report to the wider science advice community on effective measures for creating an office and implementing science advice. Reflections from this activity will enrich the work of the social science section and POST.
Impact 12 draft research briefings have been written by Spanish colleagues. A science-in-Parliament event was delivered in November 2018 in the Spanish Congress. The president of the Spanish Congress announced a budget of 200,000 for the creation of the office. The Board of Congress approved the creation of two bodies: an internal council of Deputies and scientists and an external LSA mechanism. Meetings are ongoing around the details of its creation. Update 2021: The board of Congress has appointed the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology as the external partners to co-deliver the office. There is funding for an initial few years to trial the activity, and all parties are keen to get the office up and running as soon as possible.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Working with Ciencia en el Parlamento and la Fundación Espanola de Ciencia y Tecnología 
Organisation The Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology
Country Spain 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Sarah Foxen and Chris Tyler are providing insights to these institutions on how to deliver science advice to a legislature. Sarah is involved in training the academics in how to draft research briefings and deliver science advice. Both are conducting participant observation, with a view to supporting Ciencia en el Parlamento to set up a science advice mechanism in the Congress.
Collaborator Contribution Ciencia en el Parlamento have given us access to be able to observe their project. Our participant observation and documentary analysis will enable us to report to the wider science advice community on effective measures for creating an office and implementing science advice. Reflections from this activity will enrich the work of the social science section and POST.
Impact 12 draft research briefings have been written by Spanish colleagues. A science-in-Parliament event was delivered in November 2018 in the Spanish Congress. The president of the Spanish Congress announced a budget of 200,000 for the creation of the office. The Board of Congress approved the creation of two bodies: an internal council of Deputies and scientists and an external LSA mechanism. Meetings are ongoing around the details of its creation. Update 2021: The board of Congress has appointed the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology as the external partners to co-deliver the office. There is funding for an initial few years to trial the activity, and all parties are keen to get the office up and running as soon as possible.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Working with the Argentine Congress: Chamber of Deputies 
Organisation British Embassy Buenos Aires
Country Argentina 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Two team members from the project were involved in building capacity in congressional staff around delivering legislative science and raising awareness amongst stakeholders in Argentina about its value. Update 2021: the collaboration continues. Lead collaborator in Argentina is now working for a Parliamentarian who is tabling a bill to create a POST-style office in the Argentine Congress. Project staff have been supporting this work by participating in interviews for an underpinning 'state of affairs/ opportunities' report, reviewing the report and speaking at the launch event of the report.
Collaborator Contribution Partners welcomed the team members and shared insights around different ways of working in their context, such as the work of the parliamentary diplomacy team and parliament TV.
Impact Activities The project comprised two week-long KE trips to Buenos Aires. The first was of SF, in June 2019. Then, in October 2019 SF returned with RB. Knowledge exchange June 2019: POST/UCL development and delivery of an 18-hour in situ training programme for 15-30 parliamentary staff from six offices in Argentine Congress - lower Chamber (offices: Capacitation, Parliamentary Information, Library, Medical Office, Diplomatic Office, Science and Tech adviser). The seven sessions included: The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology Legislative science advice offices: opportunities, challenges and solutions Horizon scanning, setting the work programme and producing a parliamentary brief Workshop: preparing a parliamentary brief Stakeholder management and human resources Documenting and evaluating the impact of legislative science advice Next steps for Argentine Congress. June 2019: POST/UCL participation in a Parliamentary Forum with staff from research services from: Ecuador, El Salvador, Chile, Mexico, Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. Delivery of a substantive presentation on POST and contribution to discussions. June 2019: POST/UCL meeting with the sub-secretary of institutional evaluation in the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovative Production to discuss legislative science advice. September 2019: POST/UCL review of four draft parliamentary briefings. October 2019: POST/UCL development and delivery of a 33-hour training programme to 24 parliamentary staff from six offices in Argentine Congress - lower Chamber (Capacitation, Parliamentary Information, Library, Medical Office, Diplomatic Office, Science and Tech adviser). Sessions covering: Presentation: A (re)introduction to the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology Workshops: Internal reviews led by RB and SF* Presentation: Reporting research evidence Structured work time: Editing briefings with help from RB and SF Workshops: Internal reviews led by the participants* Presentation and Workshop: Selecting external reviewers Presentation and Workshop: Dealing with external review comments October 2019: POST/UCL presentation about POST in Spanish at an event hosted at the Government Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovative Production and organised jointly by the Ministry, Argentine Congress and INGSA. October 2019: POST/UCL meeting with Designer from Congress, JC and GC (both from Parliamentary Diplomacy and International Cooperation) to discuss requirements for briefing templates, microsites and branding. Media engagement June 2019: POST/UCL participation in a parliamentary interview on the Congress TV channel, talking about the initiative and legislative science advice. October 2019: POST/UCL participation in a parliamentary interview on the Congress TV channel, talking about the initiative and legislative science advice. Materials Handbook: Legislative Science Advice: A training programme PowerPoint in Spanish on: The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology PowerPoint in Spanish on: opportunities, challenges and solutions PowerPoint in Spanish on: Horizon scanning, setting the work programme and producing a parliamentary brief PowerPoint in Spanish on: Workshop: preparing a parliamentary brief PowerPoint in Spanish on: Stakeholder management and human resources PowerPoint in Spanish on: Documenting and evaluating the impact of legislative science advice PowerPoint in Spanish and English on: A (re)introduction to the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology PowerPoint in Spanish and English on: Reporting research evidence PowerPoint in Spanish and English on: Selecting external reviewers PowerPoint in Spanish and English on: Dealing with external review comments Outcomes and impacts Outcomes: capacity building Twenty-four congressional staff in the Argentine Congress are now knowledgeable about structures and processes for delivering science advice in legislatures and are also experienced in scoping, preparing and reviewing evidence briefings. Impacts: Instrumental The Argentine Congress used an adapted version of the POST methodology for producing parliamentary briefings. One of these, on cybersecurity and cyberterrorism, was published at the end of 2019. Update 2021: A parliamentarian will be presenting a bill for the creation of a POST-like office
Start Year 2019
 
Description Working with the Argentine Congress: Chamber of Deputies 
Organisation Congress of the Argentine Nation
Department Argentine Chamber of Deputies
Country Argentina 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Two team members from the project were involved in building capacity in congressional staff around delivering legislative science and raising awareness amongst stakeholders in Argentina about its value. Update 2021: the collaboration continues. Lead collaborator in Argentina is now working for a Parliamentarian who is tabling a bill to create a POST-style office in the Argentine Congress. Project staff have been supporting this work by participating in interviews for an underpinning 'state of affairs/ opportunities' report, reviewing the report and speaking at the launch event of the report.
Collaborator Contribution Partners welcomed the team members and shared insights around different ways of working in their context, such as the work of the parliamentary diplomacy team and parliament TV.
Impact Activities The project comprised two week-long KE trips to Buenos Aires. The first was of SF, in June 2019. Then, in October 2019 SF returned with RB. Knowledge exchange June 2019: POST/UCL development and delivery of an 18-hour in situ training programme for 15-30 parliamentary staff from six offices in Argentine Congress - lower Chamber (offices: Capacitation, Parliamentary Information, Library, Medical Office, Diplomatic Office, Science and Tech adviser). The seven sessions included: The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology Legislative science advice offices: opportunities, challenges and solutions Horizon scanning, setting the work programme and producing a parliamentary brief Workshop: preparing a parliamentary brief Stakeholder management and human resources Documenting and evaluating the impact of legislative science advice Next steps for Argentine Congress. June 2019: POST/UCL participation in a Parliamentary Forum with staff from research services from: Ecuador, El Salvador, Chile, Mexico, Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. Delivery of a substantive presentation on POST and contribution to discussions. June 2019: POST/UCL meeting with the sub-secretary of institutional evaluation in the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovative Production to discuss legislative science advice. September 2019: POST/UCL review of four draft parliamentary briefings. October 2019: POST/UCL development and delivery of a 33-hour training programme to 24 parliamentary staff from six offices in Argentine Congress - lower Chamber (Capacitation, Parliamentary Information, Library, Medical Office, Diplomatic Office, Science and Tech adviser). Sessions covering: Presentation: A (re)introduction to the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology Workshops: Internal reviews led by RB and SF* Presentation: Reporting research evidence Structured work time: Editing briefings with help from RB and SF Workshops: Internal reviews led by the participants* Presentation and Workshop: Selecting external reviewers Presentation and Workshop: Dealing with external review comments October 2019: POST/UCL presentation about POST in Spanish at an event hosted at the Government Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovative Production and organised jointly by the Ministry, Argentine Congress and INGSA. October 2019: POST/UCL meeting with Designer from Congress, JC and GC (both from Parliamentary Diplomacy and International Cooperation) to discuss requirements for briefing templates, microsites and branding. Media engagement June 2019: POST/UCL participation in a parliamentary interview on the Congress TV channel, talking about the initiative and legislative science advice. October 2019: POST/UCL participation in a parliamentary interview on the Congress TV channel, talking about the initiative and legislative science advice. Materials Handbook: Legislative Science Advice: A training programme PowerPoint in Spanish on: The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology PowerPoint in Spanish on: opportunities, challenges and solutions PowerPoint in Spanish on: Horizon scanning, setting the work programme and producing a parliamentary brief PowerPoint in Spanish on: Workshop: preparing a parliamentary brief PowerPoint in Spanish on: Stakeholder management and human resources PowerPoint in Spanish on: Documenting and evaluating the impact of legislative science advice PowerPoint in Spanish and English on: A (re)introduction to the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology PowerPoint in Spanish and English on: Reporting research evidence PowerPoint in Spanish and English on: Selecting external reviewers PowerPoint in Spanish and English on: Dealing with external review comments Outcomes and impacts Outcomes: capacity building Twenty-four congressional staff in the Argentine Congress are now knowledgeable about structures and processes for delivering science advice in legislatures and are also experienced in scoping, preparing and reviewing evidence briefings. Impacts: Instrumental The Argentine Congress used an adapted version of the POST methodology for producing parliamentary briefings. One of these, on cybersecurity and cyberterrorism, was published at the end of 2019. Update 2021: A parliamentarian will be presenting a bill for the creation of a POST-like office
Start Year 2019
 
Description 'Research Impact in the UK Parliament' workshop: London, June 17 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact POST SSS supports the delivery of monthly regional conferences that are hosted by Parliament's Universities Programme. These are for academics of all career grades and disciplines. Each conference begins with an introduction to the UK Parliament, before the main group is divided into three parallel streams, which each cover 'Academics and the UK Parliament', 'Engaging with UK Parliamentarians' and 'What is good Select Committee evidence?'.

The London event was held at UCL on 7 June 2017. It involved participants from a number of different institutions. Dr Foxen delivered the session on 'Academics and the UK Parliament', which covers the findings from the analysis of impact case studies referring to engagement with Parliament that were submitted to Research Excellence Framework 2014 as part of Phase 1.

The audience was made up of researchers, from PhD students to senior academics, and university staff in impact support roles. The role of the latter is to help researchers have an impact outside academia. 50 people attended this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/education-programmes/universities-programme/academic-research...
 
Description A presentation to staff from the Quebec Government Office in London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Sarah Foxen hosted and participated in a meeting with staff from the Quebec Government Office in London and the Head of POST. The aim of this meeting was to exchange information on how science advice is delivered to legislatures in the UK and Quebec and see where there might be opportunities for collaboration of knowledge exchange, and where POST might be able to provide insights and expertise. As a result of this, the QGO hope to arrange a meeting between the CSA from Quebec and POST staff to exchange information in the same areas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Abbi Hobbs chaired a panel on impact the view from outside for 40 years departmental select committee conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Abbi Hobbs chaired panel on impact the view from outside for 40 years departmental select committee conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Abbi Hobbs participated in private informal roundtable at Institute for Government for effective scrutiny inquiry 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Participated in private informal roundtable at IfG for effective scrutiny inquiry
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Academic Engagement Event (University of Sheffield) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Rowena Bermingham and Dr Caroline Kenny presented at academic engagement event organised by the Grantham Centre, University of Sheffield.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Academic outreach workshop: Association of Research Managers and Administrators, November 17 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact POST SSS responds to proactive requests from universities and other relevant organisations to deliver outreach workshops designed to increase academic engagement with Parliament. On 15 November 2017, Dr Foxen delivered a session for members and staff of the Association of Research Managers and Administrators. This was part of a workshop titled: Working with Political Institutions and Public Officials. Usually, these workshops involve a brief introduction to the UK Parliament and then tailored advice on how participants can engage with parliament and get their research used by different groups of people across Parliament, including MPs and Peers and parliamentary staff.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://arma.ac.uk/product/working-with-political-institutions-and-public-officials/
 
Description Academic outreach workshop: Cardiff, September 17 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact POST SSS responds to proactive requests from universities and other relevant organisations to deliver outreach workshops designed to increase academic engagement with Parliament. These are for academics of all career grades and disciplines. On 21 September 2017, Dr Foxen delivered a session at the University of Cardiff. Usually, these workshops involve a brief introduction to the UK Parliament and then tailored advice on how participants can engage with parliament and get their research used by different groups of people across Parliament, including MPs and Peers and parliamentary staff. Around 30 participants attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Academic outreach workshop: ESRC SeNSS Induction Event, October 17 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact POST SSS responds to proactive requests from universities and other relevant organisations to deliver outreach workshops designed to increase academic engagement with Parliament. On 26 October 2017, Dr Kenny delivered a session at the student Induction event South East Network for Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (SeNSS DTP). This session involved a brief introduction to the UK Parliament and then tailored advice on how participants can engage with parliament and get their research used by different groups of people across Parliament, including MPs and Peers and parliamentary staff.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Academic outreach workshop: Gloucestershire, January 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact POST SSS responds to proactive requests from universities and other relevant organisations to deliver outreach workshops designed to increase academic engagement with Parliament. On 24 January 2018, Dr Foxen delivered a session for undergraduate students at the University of Gloucestershire. Usually, these workshops involve a brief introduction to the UK Parliament and then tailored advice on how participants can engage with parliament and get their research used by different groups of people across Parliament, including MPs and Peers and parliamentary staff.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Academic outreach workshop: Grantham Centre, Sheffield, January 18 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact POST SSS responds to proactive requests from universities and other relevant organisations to deliver outreach workshops designed to increase academic engagement with Parliament. On 18 January 2018, Dr Kenny delivered a session at University of Sheffield. This was part of a major training initiative organised by the Grantham Centre. The focus was on how scientists can better engage with parliament and this session was targeted to early career researchers. This session presented key findings from the report into how research feeds into the UK Parliament and provided tailored advice on how participants can engage with parliament and get their research used by different groups of people across Parliament, including MPs and Peers and parliamentary staff. 60 people attended this training.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Academic outreach workshop: London, July 17 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact POST SSS responds to proactive requests from universities and other relevant organisations to deliver outreach workshops designed to increase academic engagement with Parliament. These are for academics of all career grades and disciplines. On 27 July 2017, Dr Foxen delivered a session at the EPSRC-funded Crucible - Innovate Catapult Centre. This was part of its leadership training programme. Usually, these workshops involve a brief introduction to the UK Parliament and then tailored advice on how participants can engage with parliament and get their research used by different groups of people across Parliament, including MPs and Peers and parliamentary staff. Each workshop has approx. 30 people attend.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Academic outreach workshop: London, September 17 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact POST SSS responds to proactive requests from universities and other relevant organisations to deliver outreach workshops designed to increase academic engagement with Parliament. These are for academics of all career grades and disciplines. On 4 September 2017, Dr Foxen delivered a session for the Consortium for Research Excellence, Support and Training (CREST). Usually, these workshops involve a brief introduction to the UK Parliament and then tailored advice on how participants can engage with parliament and get their research used by different groups of people across Parliament, including MPs and Peers and parliamentary staff.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Academic outreach workshop: Newcastle, July 17 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact POST SSS responds to proactive requests from universities and other relevant organisations to deliver outreach workshops designed to increase academic engagement with Parliament. These are for academics of all career grades and disciplines. On 4 July 2017, Dr Foxen delivered a session at the University of Newcastle. Usually, these workshops involve a brief introduction to the UK Parliament and then tailored advice on how participants can engage with parliament and get their research used by different groups of people across Parliament, including MPs and Peers and parliamentary staff. Each workshop has approx. 30 academics attend.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
 
Description Academic outreach workshop: Nottingham, July 17 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact POST SSS responds to proactive requests from universities and other relevant organisations to deliver outreach workshops designed to increase academic engagement with Parliament. These are for academics of all career grades and disciplines. On 6 July 2017, Dr Foxen delivered a session at the University of Nottingham. Usually, these workshops involve a brief introduction to the UK Parliament and then tailored advice on how participants can engage with parliament and get their research used by different groups of people across Parliament, including MPs and Peers and parliamentary staff. Each workshop has approx. 30 academics attend.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Academic outreach workshop: Sheffield, January 18 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact POST SSS responds to proactive requests from universities and other relevant organisations to deliver outreach workshops designed to increase academic engagement with Parliament. On 17 January 2018, Rowena Bermingham delivered a session at University of Sheffield. This was part of a major training initiative organised by the Grantham Centre. The focus was on how scientists can better engage with parliament and this session was targeted to first-year PhD students. This session presented key findings from the report into how research feeds into the UK Parliament and provided tailored advice on how participants can engage with parliament and get their research used by different groups of people across Parliament, including MPs and Peers and parliamentary staff. 60 people attended this training.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Academic outreach workshop: Surrey, November 17 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact POST SSS responds to proactive requests from universities and other relevant organisations to deliver outreach workshops designed to increase academic engagement with Parliament. On 28 November 2017, Dr Foxen delivered a session at Royal Holloway University. Usually, these workshops involve a brief introduction to the UK Parliament and then tailored advice on how participants can engage with parliament and get their research used by different groups of people across Parliament, including MPs and Peers and parliamentary staff.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Advice given to House of Commons Committee Office 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Caroline Kenny provided feedback on draft survey for committee specialists to ask about training needs on use of evidence for proposed CO Effective Scrutiny qualification.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Advice on commissioning work to Commons Women & Equalities Committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Kenny provided advice on, and helped committee staff scope out, commissioned research proposal for its inquiry into sexual harassment of women and girls in public places. In doing so, Dr Kenny commented on the Committee's draft proposal and suggested potential organisations and individuals to deliver work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Advisory workshop on INGSA (International Network for Government Science Advice) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The advisory workshop brought together an international group of science advisers to discuss the future of INGSA (International Network for Government Science Advice). The outcomes of the SSS@POST project were very influential. The main output is acknowledgement of legislative science advice as part of INGSA's work, including running a one-day workshop at INGSA 2018 conference in Tokyo. Dr Chris Tyler will lead that workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Association of Research Managers and Administrators Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented at an event of the Association of Research Managers and Administrators on Research and Policy Impact.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description BBC Radio Four Today in Parliament Section on Role of Research in the UK Parliament 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Coverage of POST's report into the Role of Research in the UK Parliament and its launch event covered in a segment by Mark D'Arcy on BBC Radio Four programme 'Today in Parliament'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description BBSRC Innovator of the Year Impact Prize 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Caroline Kenny participated in BBSRC IUnnovator of the Year Impact Prize as a panel member.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Blog for ESRC 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The aim of the blog piece was to explain to the academic and KE community how Parliament uses research and why they should engage with research. It gave clear information on mechanisms for feeding research into Parliament. The piece was timed to correspond to the new academic year and included links to three videos that the SSS has coordinated production of on the same topic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://blog.esrc.ac.uk/2018/09/10/new-academic-year-new-policy-engaged-you/
 
Description Blog for WONKHE: How to have REF-able policy impact 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This blog piece was written after the announcement of the final panel criteria and working methods for REF2021. The blog provides information for the HE community regarding achieving and evidencing REF-able parliamentary impact. It puts all of the information together in one place, to make it easy for the community to understand what impact is in legislatures and how it is evidenced. It highlights details from paragraph 303 in the guidelines as well as Annex A. It also provides context for why this information is in the guidelines, explaining that it is a result of our work with the devolved administrations and REF2021: we wrote a briefing on the topic of impact in legislatures, and insights from this were taken up into the guidelines. The aims of this blog were to: incentivise engagement with Parliament; demonstrate that Parliament is trying to support academics to engage, and put all the essential information together.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://wonkhe.com/blogs/how-to-have-ref-able-policy-impact/
 
Description Blog piece for LSE Impact Blog on academic conferences 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This piece drew on learning from having worked in the Social Science Section, as well as learning from a review of the literature on policy impact. The piece highlights the rich potential of academic conferences as fantastic sites at which to stimulate and facilitate policy impact, collecting all the academic and policy experts on a topic together in the same place at the same time and offering opportunities for skills development. It shares some simple suggestions to help academic conferences become more policy-impact-friendly, such as having policy-focused panels and sessions and producing summaries of the policy-relevant points emerging from them.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2018/09/24/the-academic-conference-is-an-underexploite...
 
Description Blog: Getting your research into parliament 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Foxen collaborated with colleagues from Sense about Science and Taylor and Francis to produce and publish a blog post on academic engagement. The blog was designed as a 'how-to' guide for researchers to getting research into Parliament. The blog piece included a section titled: Top 10 tips from POST. Taylor and Francis produced an infographic based on Dr Foxen's work, which was featured in the blog and, it has also been provided to POST (free of charge) as a pull-up stand that can be used at future academic engagement events. Staff in the Spanish legislature are in the process of setting up an equivalent POST-type office. They are recommending people to look at this blog post as guidelines on how academics can engage with legislatures.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://authorservices.taylorandfrancis.com/getting-your-research-into-parliament/
 
Description Blog: Legislative science advice is a powerful tool, yet the majority of parliamentarians around the world don't have access to it 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Team members wrote a blog sharing learnings from the KE Uplift award relating to supporting the development of international LSAs. This was shared on the widely read LSA Impact Blog.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2019/12/18/legislative-science-advice-is-a-powerful-t...
 
Description Blog: Women academics and those from BAME backgrounds engage less with Parliament. But why? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Foxen wrote a blog to publicise a survey that POST ran in conjunction with colleagues from the Houses of Parliament Universities Programme on barriers to academic engagement. The blog explained that it is known that academics from certain backgrounds engage less than others; however, that it is not known why. The blog invited academics and those working in Higher Education to respond to the survey. The survey was completed by 1162 people. The results are still being processed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2017/07/24/women-academics-and-those-from-bame-backgro...
 
Description Brexit: Research for Policy Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact POST co-hosted this event with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to showcase the Council's research related to the process of the UK leaving the European Union. This includes 25 new short projects, which commenced in April 2017, which aim to support parliamentarians scrutinising the process of Brexit. These projects are grouped around seven themes: Citizens, devolution and representation; Public views on Brexit; Trade and economics; Brexit and free movement; Party politics, European politics and process; Spatial economic impacts; and Post-Brexit Governance issues across the UK - impact on equalities, health and environmental policy. The event brought together parliamentarians and parliamentary staff with academics from each of the 25 ESRC-funded projects. It featured speeches from the Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Chair of the House of Commons Exiting the European Union Select Committee; Professor Catherine Barnard, Senior Fellow of the ESRC UK in a Changing Europe Initiative, Dr Philippa Tudor, Clerk of Committee, House of Lords, Patrick Vollmer, Director of Library Services, House of Lords and Paul Evans, Clerk of Committee, House of Commons. Attendees were also able to participate in parallel breakout sessions on the different project themes.
This was another one of POST's larger events, with 163 registered attendees and 116 attendants (71%). With a keynote by Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, 11 Parliamentarians were registered to attend, with 4 actually in attendance, including Lord Haskel, Stephen Timms MP, and Daniel Zeichner MP. There was also attendance from 42 Parliamentary staff, 55 researchers, and 2 research council representatives. Social media conversations were engaging, with Twitter impressions reaching 28.7k the day of due to a special event hashtag, which also generated about 40 relevant tweets from external accounts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Sarah Foxen presented at Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange on engaging with Parliament as an Early Career Researcher.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Campaign Supports New Report on 'The Role of Research in the UK Parliament' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Campaign for Social Sciences wrote an article welcoming the report on the role of research in UK Parliament.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://campaignforsocialscience.org.uk/news/campaign-supports-new-report-role-research-uk-parliamen...
 
Description Capacity building for congressional staff in the Argentine Chamber of Deputies 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Following an earlier capacity building trip. Two members of the team spent a week in Argentina training and supporting congressional staff to prepare parliamentary briefings, using the POST methodology. This included giving training in research methods and in reviewing and conducting external reviews. And included reviewing draft briefings in Spanish.
Outcomes of this included developed capacity in the staff trained and the publication of a briefing on cybersecurity and cybercrime.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Careers in the Social Sciences Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Sarah Foxen presented at University of Gloucestershire on a panel 'Careers in the Social Sciences'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Chaired GovNet Annual Science and Innovation Conference 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Chris Tyler chaired GovNet's Annual Science and Innovation Conference. The SSS@POST project was profiled and also referenced several times throughout the day. Several policy practitioners sought further information about the project and its pending findings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Chaired GovNet Annual Science and Innovation Conference 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Chris Tyler chaired GovNet's Annual Science and Innovation Conference. The SSS@POST project was profiled and also referenced several times throughout the day. Several policy practitioners sought further information about the project and its pending findings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://cptyler.com/2017/06/13/govnets-annual-science-and-innovation-conference/
 
Description Chartered Association of Business Schools Annual Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Sarah Foxen presented on policy impact at the Chartered Association of Business Schools annual conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Cited in Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy Consent Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) requested 12 copies of POSTnote 576 Relationships and Sex Education (2018) to discuss and distribute at a workshop discussing how to teach consent in schools.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Cited in How Government Can Work With Academia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact POST report on The Role of Research in the UK Parliament cited in a report by the Institute for Government on How Government can work with academia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/sites/default/files/publications/IfG_government_academia_J...
 
Description Cited in MENA English (Middle East and North Africa Financial Network) News Article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact POSTnote 532 Integrating health and social care cited in MENA English (Middle East and North Africa Financial Network) news article about the growth of clinical decision support systems market.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Cited in local authority referral form 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A local authority social worker asked for information on how to cite POSTnote 570 Parental Alcohol Misuse and Children (2018)as she wished to include this as supporting evidence in a referral form for a detox unit for a client.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Contacted provided for House of Commons Library Home Affairs Section 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact An impact officer saw a tabled debate and that a pack was being written. She said their institution had an expert in the area. Dr Sarah Foxen connected expert and library clerk, who was able to draw on the researcher's expertise
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Contacts Provided for Commons Exiting the EU Committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Sarah Foxen provided a number of contacts for a roundtable discussion of views on the implications of Brexit on EU research, science and innovation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Contacts Provided to Commons Women and Equalities Committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Caroline Kenny and Dr Sarah Foxen provided contact details for relevant academics and research for sexual harassment in workplace inquiry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Contacts provided for Evaluation and Insights Team 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact An academic / organisational psychologist got in touch keen to find out about research around MPs' use of technology.  Dr Sarah Foxen spoke to colleagues in Evaluation and Insight, who wanted to get in touch to mine her expertise and possibly help shape useful research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Contacts provided to Commons Library Home Affairs Section 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Sarah Foxen provided a contact on lone wolf terrorism.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Contacts provided to Lords Ad Hoc Intergenerational Fairness Committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Caroline Kenny suggested relevant contacts, literature and organisations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Contacts provided to Lords Ad Hoc Rural Economy Committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Caroline Kenny suggested relevant contacts, literature and organisations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Contacts provided to Lords Ad Hoc Rural and Seaside Towns Committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Caroline Kenny suggested relevant contacts, literature and organisations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Contacts provided to Women and Equalities Committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Provided a spreadsheet of research institutes in universities that produced research relating to House of Commons Women and Equalities committee's interests to inform future work
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Contribution to International Development Committee conference on the Global South 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Sarah Foxen provided support and expertise to the International Development Committee as they planned their conference on the Global South. She also helped deliver the conference. As part of it, Sarah organised a one-day training session for scholars from across the Global South - based in the UK and abroad, on how to engage with Parliament and Government, how to communicate with policymakers, and how to find out about working with the legislatures in their own home nations. The aim of this was to encourage the scholars from these countries to feel empowered and equipped to contribute to Parliament's work. The wider aim is to enable Parliament to hear from more diverse voices. In this particular case, the desire is that those from the Global South are able to speak about the Global South.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Contribution to a blog for Leeds Business School on influencing policy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Sarah Foxen contributed to a blog on influencing policy. The purpose of this was to provide information to all those that read the blog on engaging with UK Parliament as a researcher.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Creation of the Twitter account: @UKParl_Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Sarah Foxen, co-launched and maintains (with a colleague in POST funded by Parliament) a Twitter account for knowledge exchange between the UK Parliament and research community. The purposes of this account are: to provide all opportunities for academic engagement in one place; to share information on engaging with Parliament; to reach different audiences; to provide a platform for conversation and dialogue between the two communities. This activity has led to lots of researchers getting in touch from universities where there is typically less engagement. As a result, Sarah and team will conduct outreach at these universities, to encourage and enable more diverse academic voices to participate in Parliament's work. A number of other stakeholders such as journalists and KE companies have got in touch. The platform has given a face and name to KE in Parliament and been the catalyst for a number of opportunities, including a Twinterview with Taylor and Francis and a blog for Wonkhe. It amassed 5000 followers in the first week (November). Three months on it has over 6000 followers. The response from followers and the internal and external communities has been very positive; there was a need for a channel such as this, and all are pleased in now exists.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://twitter.com/UKParl_Research
 
Description Delivered 'Parliament for Knowledge Mobilisers' training day 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The aim of this activity was to raise awareness and train knowledge mobilisers to be able to engage with Parliament and enable the researchers in their institutions to do so. As a result, we are now working more closely with lots of the institutions represented at the training.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Digital Economy Crucible Event (London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Sarah Foxen delivered training on achieving impact with the UK Parliament.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Hobbs was a member of the shortlisting panel for the 2017 ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Kenny was a member of the shortlisting panel for the 2018 ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Hill-Cawthorne was a member of the shortlisting panel for the 2017 ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description ESRC London DTPs and DTCs Annual Conference (London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presented about research in UK Parliament and POST to conference of London-based ESRC-funded PhD students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description ESRC Longitudinal Studies Review workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Kenny participated in a two-day strategic review of ESRC review of longitudinal investments to ensure policy relevance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description EU JRC workshop on Policy Impact of Knowledge Organisations: from Understanding Impact towards Measuring 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This event built on a previous JRC workshop to explore measurement of research impact in policy contexts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/event/workshop/policy-impact-knowledge-organisations
 
Description EU JRC workshop on skills for evidence-informed policymaking 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This workshop generated a set of ideas and recommendations for career pathways in at the evidence-policy interface that were written up and circulated by the JRC. "The Joint Research Centre would like to invite you to participate in a workshop focused on professional skills for evidence-informed policymaking. It will be held on 17 March 2017 (Friday) in Brussels. From discussions with various partners, we have identified the need for a systematic reflection on what skills both scientists and policymakers need to successfully use evidence in policymaking. Deliberation on the best practical interventions for strengthening the evidence-policy ecosystem is essential to establish action plans for promoting these skills.We are inviting a small group of practitioners in the field of evidence-informed policymaking to gather collective intelligence and determine paths for professional development at the evidence-policy interface."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/communities/community/evidence4policy/event/jrc-workshop-skills-evidence-in...
 
Description Engaging with Parliament Through Research Event (University of Leicester) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Sarah Foxen presented at University of Leicester on engaging with Parliament through research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Established relationship with CREST network of universities to diversity academic engagement with Parliament 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Foxen has established a relationship with CREST - Consortium for Research Excellence, Support and Training. CREST is a sub-association of GuildHE, bringing together over 20 smaller and specialist higher education institutions to support islands of research excellence. Dr Foxen identifed CREST as a representative organisation for 7 of the 12 universities that didn't submit case studies mentioning parliament to REF 2014. This is part of Dr Foxen's strategic activity to diversify the academics/universities that POST (and Parliament) engages with. Dr Foxen attended a CREST event in the summer 2017 to raise awareness of Parliament and offered Parliamentary support for the 'sandpit' activity they are planning. Have passed on details of CREST to the Head of the Research Information Service in the House of Commons. This team comprises information professionals and Librarians within the Commons Library's Research Service. It supports the work of MPs, their staff, Library subject specialists and others across the House Service (especially Committee teams) by providing help to access and understand the Library's resources. The Head of this section has agreed to preference CREST universities when organising for Commons Librarians to do outreach. Other activities that have resulted from this relationship include a forthcoming event at Nottingham Trent university targeted towards non-Russell Group universities about engaging with Parliament, which will be held at the end of March 2018 and for which CREST has helped to shape the agenda for and promote.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
 
Description Evidence provided to Lords Liaison Committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Caroline Kenny submitted evidence to inquiry reviewing investigative and scrutiny committees work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/liaison-committee-l...
 
Description FCO's Science and Innovation Network Induction Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Rowena Bermingham gave a talk about science advice in UK Parliament to delegates from various different countries from the FCO's Science and Innovation Network who were new to their roles.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Government Engagement with Academia: Towards Open Policymaking 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presented on POST's report into the Role of Research in the UK Parliament at the Institute for Government's roundtable event on 'Government engagement with academia: towards 'open policymaking'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Hosted Serbian delegation of senior representatives from Serbian government institutions and the social science research community in Serbia 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Hobbs hosted a delegation of senior representatives from Serbian government institutions and the social science research community in Serbia on 24 November in Parliament. Presented on the role of social science in POST and Parliament, including an overview of the wider social science research landscape in the UK. The organiser contacted POST afterwards to say that the delegation had 'great impressions after the meeting about your work and the work of POST'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Hosted: Academic Fellows in Parliament: Impact, Lessons and Challenges 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact While there are many fellowship schemes that take place in parliaments across the UK, there is little information on how well they work and what impact they have. This interactive and participatory workshop brought together current and ex-fellows, as well as parliamentary staff, to evaluate two academic fellowship schemes that have been set up in the UK Parliament since 2015: the POST Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme and the House of Commons Fellowship Scheme, run in partnership with the Political Studies Association (PSA). The purpose of the event was for participants to share their experiences and help develop work frames that share best practice and shape the future of the fellowship schemes at the UK Parliament.
Speakers included Professor Margaret Arnott, University of the West of Scotland; Dr Mark Bennister, University of Lincoln; Dr Danielle Beswick, University of Birmingham and Parliamentary Academic Fellow with the Commons International Development Committee; Dr Catherine Bochel, University of Lincoln; Professor Sarah Childs, Birkbeck, University of London; Dr Alistair Clark, University of Newcastle; Paul Evans, Clerk of Committees in the House of Commons; Dr Catherine Haddon, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Government; Patrick Vollmer, Director of Library Services in the House of Lords; and Penny Young, Librarian and Managing Director of Research and Information in the House of Commons.
36 people registered, of which 35 attended, made up of current academic fellows from both the POST and PSA schemes, academics with experience of working at Parliament, parliamentary colleagues hosting or involved with the fellowship schemes, and colleagues from devolved administrations who run fellowships. Formal feedback was not collected on the event itself but we received positive informal feedback from a range of attendees who found the discussions interesting and useful. The content was captured by note takers under Chatham House rules and is currently being analysed by Fellows on the PSA scheme. Outputs based on these notes are currently being written by these Fellows, and a report on the findings will be submitted to appropriate colleagues/Committees at Parliament and written up as a blog post and journal article.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted: Brexit: Research for Policy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact POST co-hosted this event with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) on 30 October 2017 to showcase the Council's research related to the process of the UK leaving the European Union. This includes 25 new short projects, which commenced in April 2017, which aim to support parliamentarians scrutinising the process of Brexit. These projects are grouped around seven themes: Citizens, devolution and representation; Public views on Brexit; Trade and economics; Brexit and free movement; Party politics, European politics and process; Spatial economic impacts; and Post-Brexit Governance issues across the UK - impact on equalities, health and environmental policy. The event brought together parliamentarians and parliamentary staff with academics from each of the 25 ESRC-funded projects. It featured speeches from the Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Chair of the House of Commons Exiting the European Union Select Committee; Professor Catherine Barnard, Senior Fellow of the ESRC UK in a Changing Europe Initiative, Dr Philippa Tudor, Clerk of Committee, House of Lords, Patrick Vollmer, Director of Library Services, House of Lords and Paul Evans, Clerk of Committee, House of Commons. Attendees were also able to participate in parallel breakout sessions on the different project themes. This was another one of POST's larger events, with 163 registered attendees and 116 attendants (71%). 11 Parliamentarians were registered to attend, with 4 actually in attendance, including Lord Haskel, Stephen Timms MP, and Daniel Zeichner MP. There was also attendance from 42 Parliamentary staff, 55 researchers, and 2 research council representatives. Social media conversations were engaging, with Twitter impressions reaching 28.7k the day of due to a special event hashtag, which also generated about 40 relevant tweets from external accounts. A blog post for the Commons Library blog Second Reading was produced Dr Foxen after this event: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/brexit/policy/what-can-research-tell-us-about-brexit/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/offices/bicameral/post/post-events/brexit-research/
 
Description Hosted: Childhood Obesity Strategy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Government's Childhood Obesity Plan was published in August 2016. The strategy has been widely criticised by a range of stakeholders and is under considerable scrutiny, following the Health Select Committee's recent inquiry on childhood obesity and Public Health England's policy report outlining an evidence-based approach to reducing sugar consumption. The event was hosted on 7 December 2016 in Portcullis House, Westminster and was chaired by Maggie Throup MP, Member of the Health Select Committee and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Adult and Childhood Obesity. This event was an opportunity for parliamentarians to hear directly from policy officials at the Department about their plans for the policy since it was published.

The Panel highlighted the value of evaluating policy impacts over the short and long-term, the important contribution to the evidence base made by longitudinal studies, the role of consumer behaviour (which they felt had been overlooked in the obesity plan), the importance of a focus on maternal health, infancy and early years nutrition and health, and the role that social inequalities play in the risk of becoming obese. The audience and panel then discussed the issues raised; the event concluded with a response from the Department of Health and closing remarks from the Chair, who expressed the view that parliamentary scrutiny of the matter by the Health Select Committee and through the activities of relevant APPGs would continue in 2017.

The speakers were Dr Jean Adams, Senior Research Fellow, MRC Epidemiology Unit & Centre for Diet and Activity Research, University of Cambridge; Professor Paul Dobson, Professor of Business Strategy and Public Policy and Head of Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia; Professor Mary Fewtrell, Professor of Paediatric Nutrition, University College London Institute of Child Health; Professor Rebecca Hardy, Scientific Programme Leader, Medical Research Council Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing, University College London; Gillian Prior, Head of Health and Biomedical Surveys, NatCen Social Research and Richard Sangster, Head of the Obesity Policy Team at the Department of Health.

The audience of 68 people included Members and staff from both Houses, as well as stakeholders from over 20 institutions including Public Health England; the British Medical Association; the Daily Mail; New Statesman; CLOSER Longitudinal Research Group at University College London; the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; The Food Foundation; Sainsbury's; Tesco and various academic and research institutions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/offices/bicameral/post/post-events/childhood-obesity/
 
Description Hosted: Delegation from Science and Technology Policy Research and Information Center (STPI), Taiwan 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact On 25 October 2017, Dr Caroline Kenny and other colleagues from POST met with researchers from STPI to discuss different approaches to horizon scanning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Hosted: Early Intervention in the UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact POST, the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF), a What Works Centre established in 2013 to champion and support the use of effective early intervention to improve the lives of children and young people at risk of experiencing poor outcomes, and the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee hosted a seminar to examine early intervention and the circumstances in which it can help to tackle the problems that may occur in the lives of children and young people. The event showcased the recent Science and Technology Committee's inquiry report, Evidence-based early years intervention, and EIF's report, Realising the potential of early intervention.
Speakers included: the Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP, Chair of the Commons Science and Technology Committee and POST Board Member; Graham Allen, previously MP for Nottingham North and EIF Founding Chair; and Jo Casebourne, Chief Executive of EIF. The event and discussion were chaired by Dr Grant Hill-Cawthorne. 90 people registered of which 53 attended. On the day of the event, tweets from the POST Twitter account had a total of 48.5K organic impressions. The subsequent Twitter moment that summed up the event was seen by 5898 individual Twitter users. In total, POST's social media posts alone for this event received 462 engagements. The event received positive feedback from attendees at the event as well as online. Jo Casebourne, CEO of EIF, and Graham Allen, Founding Chair of EIF, have since informally shared positive feedback about the outcome of the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted: IFS Autumn Budget Briefing 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact On the 14 November 2017, Paul Johnson, Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), presented the Institute's latest assessment of the public finances to provide context prior to Chancellor Philip Hammond's Autumn Budget, which was delivered to Parliament on 22 November. Paul outlined some of the tax and spending options - and challenges - facing Philip Hammond, bearing in mind the UK's current fiscal position, the Government's stated fiscal targets, and the constraints within which the Chancellor is operating. This event was co-hosted with the House of Commons Library. This event was attended by 35 MPs, Members' staff, and parliamentary staff.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Hosted: IFS pre-Autumn Statement Briefing 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This event was jointly organised by the POST and the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) on 15 November 2016 in Parliament. IFS Director Paul Johnson presented the Institute's latest assessment of the public finances and provided some context for Philip Hammond's first Autumn Statement as Chancellor, which was delivered to Parliament on 23 November. Paul also outlined some of the tax and spending options - and challenges - facing the Chancellor, bearing in mind current economic uncertainties. This briefing was chaired by Penny Young, Librarian and Director General of Information Services in the House of Commons.

This event was aimed at Members' staff and parliamentary staff but was also open to MPs and Peers. A total of 47 people attended from across both Houses, including Members, MPs staff and Parliamentary staff. 13 attendees completed the feedback survey: 100% reported that the overall quality of the event and the content was very good or good (of which 85% reported that it was very good for both the overall quality and content). Those that responded noted that they would pass on the insights to colleagues and use and cite the IFS analysis in their own briefing work. A number noted that they would look at the IFS analysis on this, and other areas, in more detail. One noted that they felt better prepared for the Autumn Statement from having attended the event. A third of respondents asked for future briefings from the IFS. Senior staff in the Commons Library have since requested a pre-Budget briefing, which POST is hosting in collaboration with the Commons Library.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/offices/bicameral/post/post-events/ifs-pre-autumn-sta...
 
Description Hosted: IFS pre-Spring Budget Briefing 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This event was jointly organised by the POST, the House of Commons Library and the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) on the 1 March 2017 in Portcullis House, Westminster. IFS Director Paul Johnson presented the Institute's latest assessment of the public finances and provided some context for Chancellor Philip Hammond's Spring Budget, which was delivered to Parliament on 8 March. Paul also outlined some of the tax and spending options and challenges facing the Chancellor, bearing in mind economic uncertainties. The talk was informed by IFS work on the Green Budget. This event was attended by over 40 Members' staff, parliamentary staff and Peers. Participants requested for this to be made a regular event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/offices/bicameral/post/post-events/ifs-pre-springbudg...
 
Description Hosted: Launch of the Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This event launched two new fellowship schemes that will offer academic researchers, from different subject areas and at every stage of their career, the rare opportunity to work on specific projects from inside Westminster. The launch event was hosted by the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt. Hon John Bercow MP, and the Lord Speaker, Lord Fowler. The first of these schemes, the Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme, is managed by POST and endorsed by the Research Councils. Funded by monies made available to universities to increase the impact of their research (Impact Acceleration Accounts), the Scheme includes opportunities for academics to work on specific projects proposed by offices inside Parliament, as well as enabling academics to propose their own project. The second scheme is the House of Commons Fellowship Scheme, run in partnership with the Political Studies Association (PSA), which has awarded five fellowships to senior political and social scientists from universities across the UK to study an aspect of the Westminster parliament.

The event included speeches from The Rt Hon. John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, The Rt Hon. the Lord Fowler, the Lord Speaker, Dr Kedar Pandya, Associate Director, Business, EPSRC and Helena Djurkovic, Chief Executive Officer, Political Studies Association.

To date, POST has received 68 enquiries from academics, resulting in 22 applications from academics across 16 institutions. Interviews are currently underway and the first fellows will begin their placements shortly.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/offices/bicameral/post/fellowships/parliamentary-aca...
 
Description Hosted: Mobilising Global Voices: Perspectives from the Global South 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The House of Commons International Development Committee is collaborating with the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to host an international conference showcasing relevant Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF)-funded research from Africa, Asia, and Latin America on climate change and forced displacement. As part of this event, POST will be hosting an interactive workshop for researchers from these countries to discuss the ways in which research is used in the UK Parliament, and how researchers can engage more effectively with it. Most speakers have yet to be confirmed but will include the Speaker, Rt Hon John Bercow MP.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Hosted: Parliamentary Brexit conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This conference on the 10 November 2016 in portcullis House, Westminster, brought together parliamentary researchers and academics to consider some of the key policy areas affected by the UK's decision to leave the EU. It was co-hosted by POST, the House of Commons Library and Parliament's Universities Programme in collaboration with Research Councils UK (RCUK). The purpose of the day was to discuss the effect of Brexit on different policy areas and help researchers and academics to connect, network and share expertise and ideas.

The keynote was given by Professor Anand Menon, Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs, Kings College London and Director of the ESRC UK in a Changing Europe Initiative. Attendees also heard from Phil Sooben, Director for Policy and Research and Deputy Chief Executive, ESRC, Patrick Vollmer, Director of Library Services, House of Lords and Penny Young, Librarian and Head of Participation, Research and Information at the House of Commons.

Attendees were able to view stalls showcasing key RCUK investments and to discuss these with the academics and RCUK staff involved in these projects. There were also six parallel facilitated discussion groups on different policy areas which allowed academics and parliamentary researchers to discuss issues in more depth. Write-ups from each of the six sessions are available on POST's website, and POST's Director also wrote a blog about the day on Second Reading, the House of Commons Library blog.

The conference was open to parliamentary and Members' researchers from all four nations. Academics were invited to apply to take part via an open call. We received 210 applications from academics to take part in the discussion sessions, which were sifted by a cross-House panel of staff. 36 academics were selected to take part in the discussion sessions. A further 40 academics and RCUK staff were selected by RCUK to run the stalls in the Attlee Suite showcasing relevant RCUK-funded research. In total over 100 attendees took part, including Westminster staff across both Houses, MPs' staff and researchers from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

59 participants completed the feedback survey. The main reasons participants gave for attending were: to make new parliamentary and academic contacts and to find out about new research. 93% said that the event was excellent (49%) or good (44%) overall. 100% said that they would be interested in attending similar events in the future. The conference has already led to several impacts. For example, the details of all academics who applied to take part/ took part in the conference (and who gave permission) have had their details shared with parliamentary delegates. Feedback from colleagues indicates that these have already been used, for example, to aid background research to Select Committee inquiries, and to circulate calls for evidence for Brexit-related inquiries. Because of the contacts established through the conference, some of the participating academics have also been invited to give talks to other parliamentary colleagues, or to take part in other parliamentary events. We are also in discussion about using the contacts established as the basis for a series of Brexit related events as part of the MPs Professional Development programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/offices/bicameral/post/post-events/brexit-an-academic...
 
Description Hosted: Preconception Health, Obesity and Pregnancy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This event was held in Portcullis House, Westminster, on 19 October 2016. At this event leading experts from clinical research disciplines discussed the consequences of a woman's health before and during pregnancy for subsequent generations, following up on the issues raised in the Chief Medical Officer's 2015 Annual Report. The scientific discussions comprised key findings from a special series of articles on maternal health which was published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology in October 2016. The presentations were followed by a discussion between the panel and audience, covering a wide range of issues including health professionals' attitudes to discussing obesity with patients, interventions in the ante-natal care pathway, national policy on diet and healthy eating, and finally the extent to which the government's childhood obesity plan would have an impact on women and their babies in the future.

The speakers were Professor Mark Hanson, Director, Institute of Developmental Sciences, University of Southampton and Professor Lucilla Poston, Research Lead, Women's Health Academic Centre, King's College London and Emma Reed, Deputy Director of the Childhood Obesity Policy Team at the Department of Health. The event was chaired by Baroness Jenkin of Kennington. The audience of 100 was made up of Members and staff of both Houses as well as stakeholders from 30 different institutions including: the World Cancer Research Fund International; Public Health England; Chelsea & Westminster Hospital; The Lancet; the Microbiology Society; the Centre for Social Justice, Sainsbury's; the NHS; various hospitals and higher education institutions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/offices/bicameral/post/post-events/preconception-heal...
 
Description Hosted: Research Briefings for Parliamentary Staff During Dissolution 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In July 2017, POST organised a number of sessions for parliamentary staff as part of a wider post-election training programme. These sessions brought external experts into parliament to talk about their latest/forthcoming research with the aim of facilitating staff to keep up to date with the latest research on particular topics as well as giving them the chance to meet & chat with the researchers themselves & build networks.
POST evaluated the sessions and found that average attendance was 19 people per session. Overall people reported being very satisfied. For example, participants strongly agreed that the speakers were interesting and engaging and demonstrated a thorough understanding of the subject, they agreed that the level of detail was about right and that they had a better knowledge of relevant research after attending, they strongly agreed that the sessions were relevant to their work, and were very satisfied about the timing and format of the session and satisfied about the duration of the sessions. The evaluation demonstrated that there is an appetite for more sessions in the future but it was felt that better coordination with other sections across parliament, in particular the Commons Library, would be preferable. Participants also said that they would have preferred the sessions to be longer in duration and better advertised. Sessions included: • Brexit and the Environment. This event was to brief parliamentary staff on the implications of the Withdrawal Bill and Brexit for future environmental policy in the UK and possible sources of evidence for scrutiny. The event was chaired by Alastair Dillon, Clerk Advisor to the EU Scrutiny Committee and speakers included: Professor Andy Jordan, University of East Anglia; Dr Sasha Leigh, Natural Environmental Research Council; Professor Davy McCracken, Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research Institutes; and Dr Nick Wells, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Attendees included staff from both houses.
• Natural Capital. This event was to brief parliamentary staff on the role natural capital might play in environmental policy after Brexit and to explain some of the basic concepts involved (as requested by select committee staff). Speakers included: Dr Lisa Norton, Head of Land Use Group, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology; Ian Dickie, Director at the Economics for the Environment Consultancy; and Ben O'Connor, Natural Capital Initiative. Attendees included staff from both houses.
• Childhood Obesity. This event examined the different approaches to tackling childhood obesity across the UK and examined the UK's response in light of international efforts. The session reviewed existing evidence on effective approaches to addressing childhood obesity including preventative and clinical interventions and interventions in different settings, such as schools. Speakers included: Professor Russell Viner, UCL. Professor Viner, UCL and the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health. Professor Paul Dobson, University of East Anglia, Professor Mark Birkin, University of Leeds, Professor Paul Gately, Leeds Beckett University, Dr Oliver Mytton, University of Cambridge, Dr Thijs Van Rens, University of Warwick, Anne Jepson, Senior Researcher in Health and Social Care, Scottish Parliament. Attendees included staff from both houses.
• The architecture of the global trade and investment regime: considering the impacts for domestic policymaking. This event was intended to brief parliamentary staff on the following issues: The multilateral trade system beyond the GATT and 'at the border' measures; an overview EU and US approaches to preferential trade agreements; investor protection; and impacts for domestic policy. Speakers included: Dr Gabriel Siles-Brügge, University of Warwick, Professor Phil Syrpis, University of Bristol and Dr Clair Gammage, University of Bristol. Attendees included staff from both houses.
• Health and employment. The session explored the relationship between health and employment, drawing on data from the world-leading, longitudinal Understanding Society study. Speakers included: Professor Tarani Chandola, University of Manchester and Dr Amanda Hughes, University of Essex. Attendees included staff from both houses.
• Diversity of select committee witnesses. The aim of the session was to brief parliamentary staff on work that has been done externally to examine the diversity of witnesses to committees and explore existing approaches to increase such diversity. It also provided attendees with the opportunity to share their experiences and reflections on approaches to increase the diversity of who gives evidence to committees. Speakers included: Professor Hugh Bochel, University of Lincoln, Richard Berry and Katie Smith, London Assembly, Claire Menzies, Scottish Parliament; and Anna Connell-Smith, House of Commons. Attendees included staff from both houses.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Hosted: Rise in Experimental Government 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact POST co-hosted an event with the Cabinet Office's What Works Team, as part of the ESRC's Festival of Social Science. The event brought together parliamentarians, policymakers, academics and public commentators to examine the recent efforts to increase the number and quality of experimental trials in Government, how empirical evidence can be used to guide policy-making and the role of Parliament in encouraging the generation and use of evidence in public policy and services.
Speakers included: a keynote address by Professor the Lord Winston, Vice-Chair of the POST Board; Stephen Aldridge, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government; Annabelle Bonus, Ofgem; Jen Gold, What Works, Cabinet Office; Dr Ben Goldacre, doctor and author; Dr Catherine Haddon, Institute for Government; David Halpern, Behavioural Insights Team; Catherine Hewitt, University of York; Grant Hill-Cawthorne, Head of POST; Hon Andrew Leigh MP, Australian parliamentarian; and Professor Jennifer Rubin, Executive Chair of the ESRC. 100 people registered, of which 49 attended. Notably the event sold out almost a month in advance, with a waiting list 61 strong. On the day of the event, tweets from the POST Twitter account had a total of 28.9K organic impressions. In total, POST's social media posts alone for this event received 392 engagements. The event was well received and our partners, the What Works Network, were very happy with our collaboration and expressed the desire to work with us again in the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted: The Role of Research in the UK Parliament 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This event, on 30 November 2017, launched POST's new report into the research that is used by people in parliament and the different ways that it feeds in. It brought together Parliamentarians, leaders from industry and senior academics, to discuss the role that science and innovation can play in the new strategy, and how the science, research and innovation sectors might best be supported. 170 people attended the event including seven diplomats, eight MPs or Peers and two members of MPs' staff, six representatives from Government departments, two people from industry, 11 people from third sector organisations and think tanks, three people from the media, 31 members of parliamentary staff, 29 members of the public, 62 academics, eight representatives from research councils, and one person from the Welsh Assembly. The event was chaired by Dr Chris Tyler, Director of Public Policy at UCL (and former Director of POST) and featured speeches from Adam Afriyie MP, Professor Tony McEnery, Interim Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Professor Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive of UKRI, Dr Caroline Kenny, Social Science Adviser at POST, and Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP. The panel discussion included: Rt Hon. Lord David Willetts, Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation, Professor Shamit Saggar, University of Essex and Chair of the Campaign for Social Science, Paul Evans, Clerk of Committees, House of Commons, and Dr Jason Blackstock, UCL. 170 attendees registered and 117 attended (68%). 4 Parliamentarians were in attendance, including Martin Whitfield MP, Lord Oxburgh, Lord Patel, and Lord Turnberg. There was also attendance from 4 diplomats, 3 GO-Science staff, 3 government, 1 industry, 6 research institute, 3 media, 12 general public, 14 Parliamentary staff, 41 researchers, 7 research council, and 1 Welsh Assembly staff member. Media coverage included radio coverage on BBC Radio 4, an article in Research Fortnight and a forthcoming article in Funding Insight. Social media attention was high, with Twitter impressions reaching 36.5k the day of, and 160 digital downloads of the reports as of January 1st 2018. The report has led to a number of outcomes including invitations to speak at relevant stakeholders' event including a policy engagement network convened by the Royal Society and an internal workshop for staff at the National Audit Office and a forthcoming article in the specialist press Funding Insight.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/offices/bicameral/post/post-events/research-impact/
 
Description Hosted: The contribution of science, technology and innovation studies to the work of the Science and Technology Committees 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This meeting on 26 October 2017 provided an overview of what science, technology and innovation studies (STS) is and how it can make a useful contribution to Science and Technology (S&T) policy and inquiries undertaken by the Science and Technology committees in the House of Commons and the House of Lords. It brought together Members and staff from the two select committees with academics from the Association for Studies in Innovation, Science and Technology-UK (AsSIST-UK). The meeting was chaired by the Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP, Chair of the Commons Science and Technology Committee and featured presentations from Professor Andrew Webster, Co-Chair AsSIST-UK and Professor in the Sociology of Science and Technology, University of York, Dr Michael Hopkins, Senior Lecturer, SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex, Professor Gordon MacKerron, SPRU, University of Sussex, and Dr Alison Mohr, Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies, University of Nottingham.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/offices/bicameral/post/post-events/assist-uk/
 
Description Hosting Spanish journalist and contribution to article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Sarah Foxen hosted a Spanish journalist in Parliament. She and members of the Social Science Section were interviewed by the journalist about Parliament. The insights were written up into a piece for the press agency SINC. This was then published by a number of newspapers. The aim of the activity was to provide awareness to the Spanish public of the purpose of a legislative science advice office. This feeds into the wider project that POST and the Social Science Section is involved in in supporting Spain to create such an office.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.agenciasinc.es/Reportajes/Como-explicar-ciencia-a-quienes-mas-lo-necesitan-los-politicos
 
Description House of Commons Library Open Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Sarah Foxen presented at House of Commons Library Open day on academic engagement in Parliament.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description How Can We Tackle the Homelessness Crisis? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact POST, in conjunction with the Social Market Foundation, the ESRC's Ask the Expert series, and Sense about Science, put together a panel discussion to tackle the difficult topic of homelessness. Academic experts and representatives of the third sector, came together to share the best evidence and ideas on what works in homelessness prevention. Speakers included: experts from the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE); Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick from the Heriot-Watt University; Dr Peter Mackie, Cardiff University; Matt Downie, Policy Director at Crisis; James Kirkup, Social Market Foundation Director.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Identifying experts for the the Lords Special Inquiry Committee on Digital Technology and Democracy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Identifying experts for the the Lords Special Inquiry Committee on Digital Technology and Democracy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Identifying qualitative interview training needs for parliamentary staff 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Caroline Kenny led a seminar with Commons parliamentary staff involved in interview evaluation projects to discuss their experiences of undertaking interviews with MPs, and to identify their training needs. Many of these staff do not come from a research background and have not received formal training in qualitative research methods. This session directly informed the development of a 2-session training course for parliamentary staff involved in these interviews. The outline of this course is below. The first module has already been delivered by Dr Kenny) on under

Module 1

1. Conducting a face to face interview
- Skills needed (confidence, asking questions, listening, probing, flexibility, etc)
- Working from the guide
- Probing for depth and detail
- Keeping interview on focus
- Prioritisation of questions

2. Dealing with emotional participants
- What should be the correct response in these situations?
- How much flexibility is there to move 'off script' to deal with these situations?

3. Note taking
- Techniques for taking effective notes
- When notes should be submitted

Module 2

1. Focus Groups
- Understanding as research and consultation method
- The dynamics of focus groups
- Probing in a group
- Keeping the discussion on track
- Balancing participation

2. Note taking for focus groups

3. Analysing feedback notes (interviews and focus groups) and producing a report.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Industry and Parliament Trust University of Leicester Event (London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented about research in UK Parliament.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Industry and Parliament Trust University of Warwick Event (London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented about research in Parliament and POST.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Influencing others' policy fellowships schemes - through publication of report on POST's parliamentary academic fellowship scheme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The learnings from the IAA fellowship evaluation were shared publicly and with interested stakeholders. They have informed the devolved legislatures' fellowship programmes, a programme of the Science Foundation in Ireland, and the think tank Demos Helsinki.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.parliament.uk/documents/post/Academic%20Fellowship%20Scheme/WEB-Fellowships-long-report....
 
Description Information provided for Commons Work and Pensions Committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Caroline Kenny and Dr Rowena Bermingham provided information about relevant contacts (individuals and organisations) working in different sectors relevant to Assistive Technologies Inquiry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Information provided for House of Library Social Policy Section 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Rowena Bermingham provided academic papers on statutory PSHE.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Information provided to Commons Communities and Local Government Committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Cassie Barton (Fellow) sent information on research that has examined the effectiveness of fall prevention initiatives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Information provided to Commons Health and Social Care Committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Rowena Bermingham suggested contacts and research literature for inquiry into sexual health, including POSTnote on Relationships and Sex Education.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Information provided to Commons International Development Committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Caroline Kenny and Dr Sarah Foxen gave materials and suggestions for content for an event on academic outreach.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Information provided to Lilian Greenwood MP's staff 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Lilian wanted information and content around the use of research in Parliament and why research is important to Parliament, to be able to speak at an event at Nottingham university. Dr Sarah Foxen provided information and resources.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Interview with Spanish politics programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact As part of a programme that POST and the SSS is supporting to make the case to the Spanish Parliament for a legislative science advice mechanism (Ciencia en el Parlamento), Sarah Foxen was interviewed for the national TV programme 'Parlamento'. In the interview she explained the way POST and science advice work in the UK. The aim of this activity was to help raise awareness amongst the general public in Spain about science advice and the value of research evidence in policymaking.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/videos/parlamento/parlamento-21-07-18/4670625/
 
Description Invited keynote speaker at Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar Using the UK research base to support evidence-based policymaking 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Caroline Kenny gave a keynote on Research in the UK Parliament at a Westminster Higher Education Forum Seminar on Using the UK research base to support evidence-based policymaking on 9 March 2017. This was to an audience of over 300 delegates, mainly policymakers in government bodies, which has led to new connections and requests for further information and involvement in the work of the Social Science Section.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/publication/UK-research-2017
 
Description LSSI 'Engaging Policy' Workshop (Leeds) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented about the role of research in UK Parliament and POST.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://lssi.leeds.ac.uk/events/lssi-engaging-policy-workshop/
 
Description Launch Event: The Role of Research in the UK Parliament 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This event launched POST's new report into the research that is used by people in parliament and the different ways that it feeds in. It brought together Parliamentarians, leaders from industry and senior academics, to discuss the role that science and innovation can play in the new strategy, and how the science, research and innovation sectors might best be supported. The event was chaired by Dr Chris Tyler, Director of Public Policy at UCL (and former Director of POST) and featured speeches from Adam Afriyie MP, Professor Tony McEnery, Interim Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Professor Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive of UKRI, Dr Caroline Kenny, Social Science Adviser at POST, and Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP. The panel discussion included: Rt Hon. Lord David Willetts, Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation, Professor Shamit Saggar, University of Essex and Chair of the Campaign for Social Science, Paul Evans, Clerk of Committees, House of Commons, and Dr Jason Blackstock, UCL.
The event was one of POST's larger ones, with 170 registered attendees and 117 attendants (68%). With a keynote by Sir Prof Mark Walport and in addition to Parliamentary speakers (Adam Afriyie MP, Dr Roberta Blackman Woods MP, and Lord Willets), 4 other Parliamentarians were in attendance, including Martin Whitfield MP, Lord Oxburgh, Lord Patel, and Lord Turnberg. There was also attendance from 4 diplomats, 3 GO-Science staff, 3 government, 1 industry, 6 research institute, 3 media, 12 general public, 14 Parliamentary staff, 41 researchers, 7 research council, and 1 Welsh Assembly staff member. Media coverage included radio coverage on BBC Radio 4, an article in Research Fortnight. Social media attention was high, with Twitter impressions reaching 36.5k the day of, and 160 digital downloads of the reports as of January 1st 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Making a Difference: Impact in the Social Sciences Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Caroline Kenny presented at 'Making a difference: Impact in the Social Sciences conference', University of Oxford.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with UPEN 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Sarah Foxen participated in a roundtable discussion with members of the newly formed Universities Policy Engangement Network. The aim of this session was to communicate to discuss with the knowledge mobilisers present (from ~25 universities) how the network might work with Parliament. The ultimate aim of this is to enable research to flow into Parliament more efficiently and effectively, and Parliament to be able to source research more easily and effectively.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Microbiology Society Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Sarah Foxen presented on engaging with Parliament and led a workshop on writing policy briefs, for microbiologists.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description NERC Doctoral Training Partnership Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Caroline Kenny presented at NERC Doctoral Training Partnership workshop, Imperial College London.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Newsletter piece for AESISnet 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact AESISnet is the network for Advancing and Evaluating the Societal Impact of Science. It is an international, open community for various types of professionals working on stimulating and demonstrating the impact of science on economy, culture and well-being. The network consists of individual and institutional members, and thus connects different stakeholders. The members all work in a variety of organisations from all over the world, where they are involved in the evaluation of impact, research strategy and policy making, funding and other impact support. Dr Foxen spoke an an AESESnet conference in January 2017 and as a result of this, was invited to write a piece for its newsletter on engaging with Parliament and to present key findings from the report on the use of research in Parliament.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://mailchi.mp/aesisnet/aesis-feb18-newsletter
 
Description Organised workshop with UCL researchers on engaging with Parliament 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Kenny organised a half-day workshop with around 40 UCL researchers from a mixture of subject areas including health, social policy, medicine, and economics.

The purpose of this was to enable participants to learn more about how evidence is used in policymaking.

Timetable
10.30 - 10.45 Registration, tea, coffee and biscuits
10.45 - 11.00 Academic research in Parliament: An Introduction - Caroline Kenny, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST)
11.00 - 11.20 The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) : An overview - Pete Border, POST
11.20 - 11.40 Select committees in Parliament: An overview - Lewis Pickett, House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee
11.40 - 12.00 Libraries in Parliament: An overview - Alex Bate, Social Policy Section, House of Commons Library
12.00 - 12.30 Questions to the panel
• Pete Border, POST
• Lewis Pickett, House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee
• Alex Bate, Social Policy Section, House of Commons Library
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Outreach event with Newton's Apple 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Hobbs participated in an outreach workshop at Imperial University on 16 February 2017, hosted by Newton's Apple. This was aimed at early career researchers in environmental and health sciences, and building awareness and confidence in engaging with science policy in Parliament, Government and Learned Societies. Approx 40 early career researchers attended. Following the workshop, 3 have been in touch to ask for more information about the fellowship schemes POST runs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Outreach workshop: Swindon, October 17 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact POST SSS responds to proactive requests from universities and other relevant organisations to deliver outreach workshops designed to increase academic engagement with Parliament. These are for academics of all career grades and disciplines. On 3 October 2017, Dr Foxen delivered a session for EPSRC staff. Usually, these workshops involve a brief introduction to the UK Parliament and then tailored advice on how participants can engage with parliament and get their research used by different groups of people across Parliament, including MPs and Peers and parliamentary staff.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Panel member for Wellcome day on the Future of European Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This was a one-day event organised by Wellcome Trust on the Future of European Research. Sarah Foxen participated in an 'experts' panel talking about engaging with UK and European legislative and executive science advice mechanisms. The purpose of this activity was to raise awareness amongst the attendees of the possibilities of contributing research to legislatures.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Panel on Science in Parliament at the Spanish Research Council for Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The team member spoke on a panel to raise awareness about Legislative Science Advice - what it is, what its purpose is and why it is important.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Parental alcohol misuse and children-Guardian media article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The office of the Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP issued a press release to announce the publication of POSTnote 570 Parental Alcohol Misuse and Children. This briefing paper was requested by The All-Party Group for Children of Alcoholics (chaired by Mr Byrne) and approved by the POST Board. It was published to coincide with International Children of Alcoholics Week 2018. The fellow that produced the note (Sophie Hedges-ESRC funded) presented key findings at the David Stafford Memorial Lecture on 13 February 2018 in the House of Commons.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/feb/11/parental-alcohol-abuse-linked-to-child-deaths-and-in...
 
Description Parental alcohol misuse and children-Guardian opinion piece Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The POSTnote Parental Alcohol Misuse and Children was produced following a request by the The All-Party Group for Children of Alcoholics, of which Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP chairs. The publication of the note was timed to coincide with International Children of Alcoholics Week 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/12/children-alcoholic-parents-services-cut
 
Description Parental alcohol misuse and children-Huffington Post media article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The office of the Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP issued a press release to announce the publication of POSTnote 570 Parental Alcohol Misuse and Children. It was picked up by a number of outlets including an article in the Huffington Post newspaper.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/parents-alcohol-misuse-children_uk_5a815649e4b044b3821f023a
 
Description Parental alcohol misuse and children-Independent media article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The office of the Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP issued a press release to announce the publication of POSTnote 570 Parental Alcohol Misuse and Children. It was picked up by a number of outlets including an article in the Independent newspaper.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/more-than-a-third-of-child-deaths-and-serious-injurie...
 
Description Parental alcohol misuse and children-Inside Time media article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Parental Alcohol Misuse briefing mentioned in an article in Inside Time, a newspaper for prisoners and detainees. Inside Time Limited is a 'not for profit' publishing company producing insidetime - the monthly newspaper for prisoners. Any profits made by Inside Time Limited are automatically donated to The New Bridge Foundation.

Each month over 60,000 copies of each issue are distributed free of charge to all prisons and special hospitals plus many secure units and hostels throughout the UK. There is also an extensive mailing list of individuals and organisations involved in penal affairs.

Inside Time Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of The New Bridge Foundation a registered charity founded in 1956 to help create links between prisoners and communities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://insidetime.org/ddn-news-round-up-april-2018/
 
Description Parental alcohol misuse and children-Metro media article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The office of the Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP issued a press release to announce the publication of POSTnote 570 Parental Alcohol Misuse and Children. It was picked up by a number of outlets including an article in Metro news.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://metro.co.uk/2018/02/11/parents-drinking-linked-to-more-than-a-third-of-child-abuse-cases-7304...
 
Description Parental alcohol misuse and children-Observer media article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Parental Alcohol Misuse briefing mentioned in an article in the Observer newspaper about being a sober mother.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.theguardian.com/global/2018/jun/10/the-secret-shame-of-being-a-sober-mother
 
Description Parental alcohol misuse and children-Publication launched at parliamentary event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact POSTnote 570 Parental Alcohol Misuse and Children was requested by The All-Party Group for Children of Alcoholics (chaired by Mr Byrne) and approved by the POST Board. It was published to coincide with International Children of Alcoholics Week 2018. The fellow that produced the note (Sophie Hedges-ESRC funded) presented key findings at the David Stafford Memorial Lecture on 13 February 2018 in the House of Commons.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.coaweek.org/events/
 
Description Parental alcohol misuse and children-Sky news media article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The office of the Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP issued a press release to announce the publication of POSTnote 570 Parental Alcohol Misuse and Children. It was picked up by a number of outlets including an article in Sky news.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://news.sky.com/story/over-a-third-of-child-deaths-and-injuries-through-neglect-are-linked-to-p...
 
Description Parental alcohol misuse and children-Use in Social Services client referral form for detox 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A local authority social worker asked for information on how to cite the POSTnote on Parental Alcohol Misuse and Children as she wished to include this as supporting evidence in a referral form for a detox unit for a client.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Parental alcohol misuse and children-regional press Birmingham Mail media article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Parental alcohol misuse briefing paper picked up in regional press Birmingham Mail - Rt Hom Liam Byrne MP, represents a Birmingham constituency and requested this POSTnote in his capacity as Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children of Alcoholics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/third-child-neglect-deaths-linked-14277877
 
Description Parental alcohol misuse and children-specialist press The Fix media article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact POSTnote Parental alcohol misuse reported in specialist press publication The Fix, which is focused on addiction and recovery.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.thefix.com/how-problematic-parental-drinking-impacts-children
 
Description Parliament Universities Programme regional conferences with academics on engaging with Parliament 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact POST SSS supports the delivery of monthly regional conferences that are hosted by Parliament's Universities Programme. These are for academics of all career grades and disciplines. Each conference begins with an introduction to the UK Parliament, before the main group is divided into three parallel streams, which each cover 'Academics and the UK Parliament', 'Engaging with UK Parliamentarians' and 'What is good Select Committee evidence?'. One of the SSS team delivers the session on 'Academics and the UK Parliament', which covers the findings from the analysis of impact case studies referring to engagement with Parliament that were submitted to Research Excellence Framework 2014 as part of Phase 1. Since October 2016, Dr Caroline Kenny has delivered this session at Birbeck (October 16), Manchester (November 2016), Southampton (January 2017), Glasgow (March 2017) and Bristol (March 2017). Each conference has approx. 100 academics attend, so to March 2017, over 500 academics have been reached.

Caroline to add where else.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
URL https://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/education-programmes/universities-programme/academic-research...
 
Description Parliament and REF2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact On 17th January 2018 Dr Sarah Foxen and Dr Caroline Kenny hosted a meeting with representatives from HEFCE, members of the research community that have been appointed to the four main subject panels for REF 2021, staff from the UK parliament and staff from the devolved administrations, to discuss how to ensure that parliamentary understanding and experience of impact feeds into the next REF assessment exercise. More specifically, the aims of the meeting were:
• to ensure that parliamentary understandings of impact are considered in the next REF exercise;
• to clarify what will constitute good evidence in the next REF exercise; and
• to discuss ways in which Parliaments can support academic researchers in the next REF.

A number of follow-up actions were agreed at this meeting including:
- Dr Sarah Foxen to work with colleagues from HEFCE to develop a shared public message from the Legislatures, and the funding bodies and Panels. This will detail that the Legislatures are feeding into the shaping of REF2021, and eventually there will be a shared understanding of parliamentary impact, which will be shared publicly.
- Dr Caroline Kenny to lead on the production of a short paper on what constitutes impact for Legislatures and how it may be evidenced.
- Dr Sarah Foxen to work with colleagues from the devolved administrations to produce a guidance note for panels and academics covering how parliaments use research, how academics can feed research into Parliament, how to achieve impact through engaging with Parliament
- REF team / panels to produce detailed guidance and criteria on the assessment of impact in REF 2021, including further guidance on public engagement.
- REF team to investigate the possibility of pre-population of impact templates with names of parliamentary offices.
- Dr Sarah Foxen to deliver a workshop for panel members on Parliament and research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Parliament and the Research Excellence Framework 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. As part of this exercise, universities are required to submit case studies detailing how their research has had an impact outside of academia. This meeting brought together representatives from the Higher Education Funding Council, Chairs of the four main subject panels for the next REF exercise and senior staff from across Parliament to inform the assessment framework for the next REF exercise - REF2021 - and ensure that parliamentary understandings and experience of impact feed into next REF assessment exercise. Key outcomes from this meeting are that POST will lead the development of a shared public message in conjunction with the legislatures from the devolved administrations about parliamentary impact, and will produce a short paper and guidance note for panel members on what constitutes impact for legislatures and how this may be evidenced.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Parliament for Researchers - London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This monthly training workshop is designed to give researchers and KE staff the knowledge and skills to be able to engage with Parliament. It aims to encourage and incentivise them to do so. Approximately 30 people attended the training. The workshop was organised by a member of staff who is funded by the Houses of Parliament. However, staff funded through this award participated in delivery and coordination of the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/education-programmes/universities-programme/academic-research...
 
Description Parliament for Researchers - North East 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This monthly training workshop is designed to give researchers and KE staff the knowledge and skills to be able to engage with Parliament. It aims to encourage and incentivise them to do so. Approximately 30 people attended the training. The workshop was organised by a member of staff who is funded by the Houses of Parliament. However, staff funded through this award participated in delivery and coordination of the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/education-programmes/universities-programme/academic-research...
 
Description Parliament for Women Researchers 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The aim of this event was to raise awareness to women researchers about engaging with Parliament, and to empower them to do so. About 90 women attended this event. This is part of a series of events planned aiming to diversify the academics engaging with Parliament. As a result various activities have taken place: attendees have applied for fellowships, sought further information, shared learnings and looked to take next steps.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Parliamentary academic fellowship scheme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Kenny has set up a Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme to enable academics (at any stage of their career post-PhD) to come and work on specific projects in Parliament. The Scheme is being funded by monies provided directly to 73 universities by two Research Councils (the ESRC and EPSRC) in order to accelerate the impact of their research. It involves two phases:
• The first phase, which closed in November 2016, was a Directed Call and gave academics the opportunity to apply to work one of six projects proposed by Parliamentary offices. In total, we received 22 applications to the Directed Call and accepted six academics. Details of the successful academics from Phase One are available on the POST website.
• The second phase is an Open Call, which closed on 4 September 2017. This allowed academics to propose a project of their choosing as long as they could demonstrate its relevance to Parliament. In total we received 49 applications from 20 universities. 17 academics have been successful so far with a further 10 academics still being considered by parliamentary offices.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/offices/bicameral/post/fellowships/parliamentary-aca...
 
Description Participated in a high-profile event showcasing legislative science advice in Mexico. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A team member, along with a POST team member participated in a high-profile event showcasing legislative science advice in Mexico. This included signing a memorandum of understanding detailing collaboration between POST and INCyTU for the next three years.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Participated in panel discussion at Openforum event on Research Impact - Framework for Excellence 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Kenny participated in a panel discussion on what use is the REF? This was a Question Time style session that will focus on the views from research users. Also on the panel was Dr Annette Bramley, Director, N8 Research Partnership, Anne-Marie Coriat, Head of Research Careers, Wellcome Trust and Dr Liz Philpots, Head of Research and Impact, AMRC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://openforumevents.co.uk/events/2018/research-impact-framework-for-excellence/
 
Description Participation in EU Cooperation in Science and Technology Cross Cutting Action around Science Communication 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact One member of the team was invited to participate in an international expert group looking at science communication and looking to improve it. The group met in July to discuss the issues and formulate a plan for delivering on the project. There have been no further activities yet.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Participation in Government review of higher education participation in policymaking processes 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Kenny met with Stephen Meek, Director in the Cabinet Office to discuss POST's study in the Role of Research in the UK Parliament and POST's work on academic engagement generally. This meeting came about because Mr Meek had been in attendance at the Institute for Government's roundtable event on 'Government engagement with academia: towards 'open policymaking' in which Dr Kenny presented key findings from the report into the Role of Research in the UK Parliament. Mr Meek has been asked by senior officials in the Cabinet Office to look at how to strengthen policymakers connections with universities, and in particular:

a. To look at what presently works well across Government
b. To look at what gets in the way of effective working
c. To look at how we can strengthen links with universities across the country
d. And to make recommendations, on the basis of this analysis and of best practice here and elsewhere, for proposals to improve the relationship that we could test over the coming year

As a result of this meeting, Dr Kenny has been asked to peer review Mr Meek's report. The draft has already been discussed at the Government-wide Policy Profession Board (comprising the heads of policy in each government department) where it received a positive response, with a lot of interests in engaging with projects to improve things. POST is highlighted specifically in this report as an example of good practice in academic engagement. This work is ongoing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Participation in an expert panel on policy impact at AESISNET annual conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Sarah Foxen was an invited speaker at AESISNET's annual conference on the impact of the humanities and social sciences. She spoke on the panel on impacting national science policy. She spoke about the work that the UK legislatures are doing to shape REF guidelines, as well as Parliament's need for research and how this ties into the impact agenda.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://aesisnet.com/event/impact-ssh18/
 
Description Participation in evaluation of DFID-funded INASSA programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Contributed to evaluation of the DFID-funded INASSA program. Information and Networks in Asia and Sub Saharan Africa (INASSA) is a five year research programme that attempts to build an evidence base on the connections between the growing use of digital information networks and economic growth, democratic reform and increased educational opportunities in the developing world. It seeks to identify the most effective strategies for harnessing these opportunities in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa but also aims to provide a critical perspective on the potential negative impacts that could result from the spread of mobile technology. INASSA is mainly funded by UK's DFID (about £6.3M) and is managed and implemented by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, which also co-funds it (3.5M CAD). Overall, it works through three main action lines:
(i) Generating and improving evidence (research) by southern-led research networks;
(ii) Strengthening capacities of southern researchers (including on research communication); and
(iii) Enhancing research uptake and expanding policy horizons. The main programme outcome refers to policy incidence (to which the actions in the above two points are meant to contribute).

Dr Kenny and a colleague from POST participated in the evaluation as interviewees, as part of the evaluation's focus on undertaking interviews with stakeholders and experts that are external to the programme operations. POST was selected because of its insights and work into the research-to-policy process.
Specific input provided by POST was on: the What Works Centres, an example presentation that we deliver to academics on how to engage with parliament, information about our KPIs, which includes a bit of background info about how we came up with them, and a document that the UK Government has produced on different horizon scanning methodologies. The final report made specific of POST and a follow-up email from one of the authors stated that the "analysis/recommendations reflects some of the valuable experiences you've had in bringing science and evidence closer to policy-making processes."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.idrc.ca/en/initiative/information-and-networks-asia-and-sub-saharan-africa
 
Description Participation in expert panel at session on public policy impact 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Sarah Foxen participated in an expert panel at a talk on the challenges of public policy impact at UCL. The talk was attended by members of the research community, from across the UK, as well as members of the policy community. The aim of the talk was to probe and explore some of the issues in feeding research into policy, with the ultimate aim of looking for ways to improve the flow of the former into the latter.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Participation in stakeholder roundtable for Nuffield Foundation funded project on "The distribution and dynamics of economic and social wellbeing in the UK" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Kenny participated in stakeholder roundtable organised by researchers leading the Nuffield Foundation (Economic Advantage and Disadvantage programme) funded programme "The distribution and dynamics of economic and social wellbeing in the UK: An analysis of the recession using multidimensional indicators of living standards".

The purpose of this roundtable was to bring together stakeholders from across government, parliament and the third sector to give their informed opinions on some of the key findings and the implications for policy/policy research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/distribution-and-dynamics-economic-and-social-well-being-uk
 
Description Participation in teleconference with NIHR Dissemination Centre on engaging with Parliament 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Kenny participated in a teleconference with staff from the NIHR Dissemination Centre. Other participants included staff from the Commons Health & Social Care committee and another POST adviser. Following this meeting, Dr Kenny sent the participants a list of resources to help them keep track of relevant parliamentary work and to engage with parliament more effectively.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Policy Impact Event (Glasgow) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Sarah Foxen delivered a day-long training session on policy impact, for PhD students, University of Glasgow.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Policy Impact Event (Glasgow) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Sarah Foxen and Dr Abbi Hobbs delivered a day-long training session on policy impact, for PhD students, University of Glasgow.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Policy Impact Event (Royal Holloway) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presented at an event on Policy Impact at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Policy Impact workshop (Association of Charitable Foundations) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact The project team developed bespoke training on engaging with UK Parliament for members of the Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF). This was followed by a briefing note for ACF members.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Policy Impact workshop (St Andrews) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Sarah Foxen and Dr Abbi Hobbs delivered a day-long training session on policy impact, for PhD students and post PhD academics, University of St Andrews.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Political Studies Association Early Careers Researchers Event (Birmingham) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Rowena Bermingham gave a talk about role at POST and sat on a panel discussing moving outside of academia and the interaction of policy/academic careers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation at National Audit Office's Qualitative Research Network 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Caroline Kenny presented key findings from POST report 'The Role of Research in the UK Parliament' at meeting of the National Audit Office's qualitative research network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation of POST at the Colombia Congress 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The team member gave a presentation to Congress men and women in the Colombian Congress, and their staffers, about POST and legislative science advice. As a result a trip to POST for some Congress members was planned.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation on POST to Colombian stakeholders 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The team member spoke at a conference organised by the International Network of Government Science Advisers in the Colombian Science Academy. She spoke on LSA, the POST model for science advice, and other models for science advice. As a result staff from the British Embassy in Colombia organised a visit to POST and there are plans to bring Congress members to UK Parliament.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation on Parliament's Academic Engagement at the Inter-Parliamentary Research and Information Network Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Foxen gave a presentation to colleagues from UK-Legislatures on the work being done by POST and other colleagues in Westminster on academic engagement. This included discussing the activities being conducted and the areas staff were focusing on.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation on achieving research impact with UK Parliament: International Research Impact Summit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The aim of this activity was to raise awareness and train researchers and knowledge mobilisers to be able to engage with Parliament. It took place on an online webinar conference. We do not yet know of any impacts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation to UK librarians and information officers on academic engagement in Parliament 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Foxen gave a presentation at the House of Commons Library Open day on academic engagement in Parliament. This is an annual Open Day for visitors from UK librarians and information officers. The purpose of Dr Foxen's talk was to raise awareness of the benefits of engaging with academics for library staff and how to find relevant academic research. 55-60 participants from libraries, groups and institutions across a range of sectors attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presented 'Parliament for Researchers' to researchers from multiple institutions, Northumbria University 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Skills-based training. The aim of this activity was to raise awareness and train researchers and knowledge mobilisers to be able to engage with Parliament. We do not yet know of any impacts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Presented 'Parliament for Researchers' to researchers from multiple institutions, University of East Anglia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The aim of this activity was to raise awareness and train researchers and knowledge mobilisers to be able to engage with Parliament. We do not yet know of any impacts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presented 'Parliament for Researchers' to researchers from multiple institutions, University of Strathclyde 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Skills-based training. The aim of this activity was to raise awareness and train researchers and knowledge mobilisers to be able to engage with Parliament. We do not yet know of any impacts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presented Robotics in Social Care POSTnote at Danish Board of Technology policy workshop, Copenhagen 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The team member presented the POSTnote 'Robotics in Social Care' at a meeting of the HubIT project. There are no known impacts yet.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.hubit-project.eu/
 
Description Presented key findings from report into use of research in Parliament at a meeting of the Research Policy Network 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Kenny was invited to present key findings from the report 'The Role of Research in the UK Parliament' at a meeting of the Research Policy Network (coordinated by Head of Public Policy at the Royal Society). This Network meets every couple of months to share information and hear from interesting speakers. It includes leads from universities, mission groups - CaSE etc, charities, learned societies. Previous speakers have included the Industrial Strategy Commission, immigration policy leads and UKRI's strategy lead. Dr Kenny's talk focused on key findings and how these might inform other organisations' work. Participants included representatives from the following organisations:

Academy of Medical Sciences
AMRC
British Academy
British Ecological Society
British Science Association
Geological Society
Institute of Physics
Microbiology Society
MRC
Natural History Museum
Nottingham University
Parliamentary and Scientific Committee
Physiological Society
QMUL
RAEng
RAS
Royal Society
Royal Society of Biology
Royal Society of Chemistry
Russell Group
Sense About Science
Society for Applied Microbiology
University Alliance
Wellcome
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presented key findings from report into use of research in UK Parliament at meeting of the National Audit Office's qualitative research network 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Kenny was invited to present key findings from the report 'The Role of Research in the UK Parliament' at a meeting of the National Audit Office's qualitative research network. This involved NAO staff from different offices across the UK. This invitation came about as a result of two things. First NAO staff became aware of the report and secondly, Dr Foxen met with NAO staff back in September 2017 to discuss how we can support each other and use each other's work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/offices/bicameral/post/work-programme/evaluating-the...
 
Description Presented on 'Breaking down borders in research: working with Parliaments' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The aim of this activity was to raise awareness and train researchers to be able to engage with Parliament and understand more about what Legislative Science Advice is about and for, and why it is important.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presented on engaging with Parliament through research for Central School of Speech and Drama 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The aim of this activity was to raise awareness and train researchers and knowledge mobilisers to be able to engage with Parliament. As a result we have had some correspondence from staff at the institution, looking to explore next steps.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presented on engaging with Parliament through research for UCL Summer school 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The aim of this activity was to raise awareness and train researchers to be able to engage with Parliament. We do not yet know of any impacts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presented on engaging with Parliament through research for Winchester University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The aim of this activity was to raise awareness and train researchers and knowledge mobilisers to be able to engage with Parliament. As a result we have had some correspondence from staff at the institution, looking to explore next steps. One staff member has engaged with an APPG and has contributed to updating a Library briefing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presented on engaging with Parliament through research, Bournemouth University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The aim of this activity was to raise awareness and train researchers and knowledge mobilisers to be able to engage with Parliament. As a result certain impacts have happened such as submissions of oral evidence and applications to the fellowship programme, and provision of contacts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Presented science diplomacy activities at AAAS Annual Meeting event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Meeting of science diplomacy professionals at AAAS Annual Meeting 2018. The science diplomacy activities derived from this project - including the establishment of science advisory units in Mexican and Chilean Parliaments - were met with admiration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Provided contacts for Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Sarah Foxen provided contacts and sought relevant organisations for the inquiry into social impact of participation in culture and sport.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Provided contacts for Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Sarah Foxen provided contact details and  advised on possible scope for a proposed inquiry into biosecurity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Provided contacts to Education and Engagement team 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Rowena Bermingham provided contacts for a piece of summary work on older people and fraud.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Provided contacts to the EFRA committee for their peatland inquiry 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Provided contacts to the EFRA committee for their peatland inquiry. There are no known impacts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Provided information to House of Commons Library Social Policy Section 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Caroline Kenny provided contacts and relevant literature on use of AI and robotics in health and social care.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Provided information to Lords Economics Affairs Committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Caroline Kenny and Dr Rowena Bermingham suggested contacts for upcoming inquiry into funding of social care.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Provided information to Lords Science and Technology Committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Sarah Foxen supplied POSTnotes on Forensic Linguistics, contact details for subject experts and helped to publicise the Forensics inquiry on Twitter
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Ran a 12 hour training programme for INCyTU on POST's ways of working 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A team member and member of POST staff ran workshops for INCyTU on POST's ways of working, horizon scanning, impact and impact measurement.

POST's KE activities with INCyTU, and its, presence, support for and input into activities to raise awareness about LSA has raised the profile of LSA and INCyTU amongst Mexican Members of Congress and the Mexican scientific community.

As a result of meetings between POST, INCyTU and Members of Congress, the latter commissioned briefings from INCyTU on: 'transboundary data flow', the 'National System of Science and Technology', 'financial inclusions' in the east region of the state of Mexico, road taxes, and current direct investment related to pensions. They also asked for: assistance in organising an international conference on Sargassum; meetings between science and technology stakeholders; a lecture on science education and science advice to inform specific legislative developments around science, technology and education; and contacts with expertise in rain and cloud-seeding.

As a result of the KE activities, INCyTU decided to discuss their future, establish the priorities of INCyTU, and take steps to increase brand promotion of INCyTU and develop a communications strategy.


INCyTU have taken on board POST's methodology for horizon scanning and topic selection of briefings, and intend to integrate aspects of this into their own working methods.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Research Council Event: Role of Research in the UK Parliament 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact Presented to research council staff on the role of research in the UK parliament.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Research Fortnight Article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact An article in Research Fortnight (an independent publication that reports on research policy and funding in the UK).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Research Impact and Parliament Event (Birmingham City University) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Sarah Foxen presented at Birmingham City University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Research Impact and Parliament Event (Huddersfield) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Sarah Foxen provided training for academics in engaging with Parliament.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Research Impact and Parliament Event (Kingston University) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Caroline Kenny presented at Research Impact event, Kingston University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Research Impact and Parliament Event (Liverpool John Moores University) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presented at Research Impact and Parliament event, Liverpool John Moores University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Research Impact and Parliament Event (Newcastle University) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presented at Research Impact and Parliament event, Newcastle University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Research Impact and Parliament Event (Open University, Milton Keynes) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presented at Research Impact and Parliament event, Open University, Milton Keynes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Research Impact and Parliament Event (Plymouth University) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Caroline Kenny presented at Plymouth University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Research Impact and Parliament Event (Stirling University) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Sarah Foxen presented at University of Stirling.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Research Impact and Parliament Event (Ulster University) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presented at Research Impact and Parliament event, Ulster University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Research Impact and Parliament Event (University of Swansea) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presented at Research Impact and Parliament event, University of Swansea.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Research Impact in the UK Parliament workshop: Birmingham, Apr 17 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact POST SSS supports the delivery of monthly regional conferences that are hosted by Parliament's Universities Programme. These are for academics of all career grades and disciplines. Each conference begins with an introduction to the UK Parliament, before the main group is divided into three parallel streams, which each cover 'Academics and the UK Parliament', 'Engaging with UK Parliamentarians' and 'What is good Select Committee evidence?'.
At the Birmingham event (20 April 2017), Dr Kenny delivered the session on 'Academics and the UK Parliament', which covers the findings from the analysis of impact case studies referring to engagement with Parliament that were submitted to Research Excellence Framework 2014 as part of Phase 1.

The audience was made up of researchers, from PhD students to senior academics, and university staff in impact support roles. The role of the latter is to help researchers have an impact outside academia. 60 people attended this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/education-programmes/universities-programme/academic-research...
 
Description Research Impact in the UK Parliament workshop: Leeds, June 17 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact POST SSS supports the delivery of monthly regional conferences that are hosted by Parliament's Universities Programme. These are for academics of all career grades and disciplines. Each conference begins with an introduction to the UK Parliament, before the main group is divided into three parallel streams, which each cover 'Academics and the UK Parliament', 'Engaging with UK Parliamentarians' and 'What is good Select Committee evidence?'.

The Leeds event was held at the University of Leeds on 21 June 2017. It involved participants from a number of different institutions. Dr Foxen delivered the session on 'Academics and the UK Parliament', which covers the findings from the analysis of impact case studies referring to engagement with Parliament that were submitted to Research Excellence Framework 2014 as part of Phase 1.

The audience was made up of researchers, from PhD students to senior academics, and university staff in impact support roles. The role of the latter is to help researchers have an impact outside academia. 70 people attended this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/education-programmes/universities-programme/academic-research...
 
Description Research Impact in the UK Parliament workshop: Leicester, January 18 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact POST SSS supports the delivery of monthly regional conferences that are hosted by Parliament's Universities Programme. These are for academics of all career grades and disciplines. Each conference begins with an introduction to the UK Parliament, before the main group is divided into three parallel streams, which each cover 'Academics and the UK Parliament', 'Engaging with UK Parliamentarians' and 'What is good Select Committee evidence?'.

The Leicester event was held at the University of De Montfort on 15 January 2018. It involved participants from a number of different institutions. Dr Kenny delivered the session on 'Academics and the UK Parliament', which covers the findings from the analysis of impact case studies referring to engagement with Parliament that were submitted to Research Excellence Framework 2014 as part of Phase 1.

The audience was made up of researchers, from PhD students to senior academics, and university staff in impact support roles. The role of the latter is to help researchers have an impact outside academia. 50 people attended this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/education-programmes/universities-programme/academic-research...
 
Description Research Impact in the UK Parliament workshop: Milton Keynes, October 17 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact POST SSS supports the delivery of monthly regional conferences that are hosted by Parliament's Universities Programme. These are for academics of all career grades and disciplines. Each conference begins with an introduction to the UK Parliament, before the main group is divided into three parallel streams, which each cover 'Academics and the UK Parliament', 'Engaging with UK Parliamentarians' and 'What is good Select Committee evidence?'.

The Milton Keynes event was held at the Open University of Leeds on 18 October 2017. It involved participants from a number of different institutions. Dr Foxen delivered the session on 'Academics and the UK Parliament', which covers the findings from the analysis of impact case studies referring to engagement with Parliament that were submitted to Research Excellence Framework 2014 as part of Phase 1.

The audience was made up of researchers, from PhD students to senior academics, and university staff in impact support roles. The role of the latter is to help researchers have an impact outside academia. 40 people attended this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/education-programmes/universities-programme/academic-research...
 
Description Research Impact in the UK Parliament workshop: Newcastle, December 17 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact POST SSS supports the delivery of monthly regional conferences that are hosted by Parliament's Universities Programme. These are for academics of all career grades and disciplines. Each conference begins with an introduction to the UK Parliament, before the main group is divided into three parallel streams, which each cover 'Academics and the UK Parliament', 'Engaging with UK Parliamentarians' and 'What is good Select Committee evidence?'.

The Newcastle event was held at the University of Newcastle on 12 December 2017. It involved participants from a number of different institutions. Dr Foxen delivered the session on 'Academics and the UK Parliament', which covers the findings from the analysis of impact case studies referring to engagement with Parliament that were submitted to Research Excellence Framework 2014 as part of Phase 1.

The audience was made up of researchers, from PhD students to senior academics, and university staff in impact support roles. The role of the latter is to help researchers have an impact outside academia. 60 people attended this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/education-programmes/universities-programme/academic-research...
 
Description Research Impact in the UK Parliament workshop: Swansea, November 17 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact POST SSS supports the delivery of monthly regional conferences that are hosted by Parliament's Universities Programme. These are for academics of all career grades and disciplines. Each conference begins with an introduction to the UK Parliament, before the main group is divided into three parallel streams, which each cover 'Academics and the UK Parliament', 'Engaging with UK Parliamentarians' and 'What is good Select Committee evidence?'.

The Swansea event was held at the University of Swansea on 8 November 2017. It involved participants from a number of different institutions. Dr Kenny delivered the session on 'Academics and the UK Parliament', which covers the findings from the analysis of impact case studies referring to engagement with Parliament that were submitted to Research Excellence Framework 2014 as part of Phase 1.

The audience was made up of researchers, from PhD students to senior academics, and university staff in impact support roles. The role of the latter is to help researchers have an impact outside academia. 40 people attended this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/education-programmes/universities-programme/academic-research...
 
Description Research Impact in the UK Parliament workshop: Ulster, November 17 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact POST SSS supports the delivery of monthly regional conferences that are hosted by Parliament's Universities Programme. These are for academics of all career grades and disciplines. Each conference begins with an introduction to the UK Parliament, before the main group is divided into three parallel streams, which each cover 'Academics and the UK Parliament', 'Engaging with UK Parliamentarians' and 'What is good Select Committee evidence?'.

The Ulster event was held at the University of Ulster on 24 November 2017. It involved participants from a number of different institutions. Dr Foxen delivered the session on 'Academics and the UK Parliament', which covers the findings from the analysis of impact case studies referring to engagement with Parliament that were submitted to Research Excellence Framework 2014 as part of Phase 1.

The audience was made up of researchers, from PhD students to senior academics, and university staff in impact support roles. The role of the latter is to help researchers have an impact outside academia. 60 people attended this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/education-programmes/universities-programme/academic-research...
 
Description Roundtable discussion: Government Engagement with Academia: next steps 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This roundtable was held on 4 December 2017 at the Institute for Government and was funded by the AHRC. Its aim was to review progress in terms of efforts to improve how government engages with academia and academic evidence and think about what to do next. Key questions for discussion were:
• What is working well in terms of how government engages with academia (Individual relationships, What Works, CSAs, Analytical Professions, Cabinet Office initiatives)?
• How can government balance the different research needs of departments with measures to drive improvements?
• How do the various efforts to improve this within government work together? How can they be built on?
• Discuss priority areas for action and how these can be taken forward.

Attendees included Chief Scientific Advisers and policy advisers from three government departments (DCLG, FCO and DEFRA), representatives from the Cabinet Office; National Infrastructure Commission; Policy Profession Support Unit in Civil Service Learning; AHRC; Sense about Science; Sheffield University; Cambridge University; Nine Dots Prize; and the Institute for Government. A key outcome of this meeting was a further meeting with a Director of the Cabinet Office to discuss a recent report we published on the role of research in the UK parliament and academic engagement strategy more generally. The Cabinet Office are publishing a report examining academic engagement across Government and Dr Caroline Kenny is now reviewing a draft version of this report as a consequence of being involved in this meeting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Royal Society Policy Engagement Network Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Caroline Kenny presented key findings from POST report 'The Role of Research in the UK Parliament' at meeting of Royal Society Policy Engagement Network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description STEaPP Seminar: How is evidence used in the UK Parliament? Latest findings. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Academic seminar outlining the findings of the project report. UCL-wide event: STEaPP's best-attended seminar to date.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Scientific research in Parliament: the UK context 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Sarah Foxen was invited to present at the annual conference of the Spanish Researchers in Denmark: 'Breaking down borders in research'. She spoke on the use of scientific research in the UK Parliament, and then participated in a roundtable discussion alongside individuals from Ciencia en el Parlamento and the the Danish Board for Technology as well as international researchers in academia and industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.es.aau.dk/events/event/breaking-down-borders-in-research-iii.cid392633
 
Description Shaping an ambitious UK-EU partnership for scientific advice 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact On 11 January 2018, Dr Caroline Kenny participated in a high-level Wellcome Trust and International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) roundtable on the future of the UK-EU partnership in scientific advice and evidence-informed policymaking. The Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust launched the Future Partnership Project to develop specific proposals for how future partnerships between the UK and EU should work in practice. An important, and potentially overlooked, aspect of this partnership is scientific and technical advice, and evidence-informed policymaking. UK-EU networks of expertise, guidance and oversight have developed in tandem over many years. Researchers across Europe have been deeply involved in shaping regulation through information exchange and standard setting. UK influence has also been strong in the wider sphere research policy around major funding programmes including open science, research assessment and diversity and inclusion. To unpack these issues further, and develop some specific recommendations as a contribution to the wider Future Partnership Project, Caroline joined over 30 senior decision makers from science, policy and regulatory agencies in the UK, Brussels and other Members States.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Speaking at a Parliamentary Forum in the Argentine Congress on Legislative Science Advice 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The staff member gave a presentation at an international parliamentary forum, presenting on POST, the POST model and LSA more generally.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Support to Commons Administration Committee-Produced report on new MPs experiences after 2017 General Election 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Caroline Kenny qualitatively analysed transcripts from ~30 interviews with MPs and ~10 interviews with MPs' staff based in constituencies and produced a report outlining key findings. This report was presented to the Commons Administration Committee as part of its inquiry into new MPs' experiences after General Election 2017.The purpose of this is to make recommendations on similar services before the next election.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/administration-committee...
 
Description Support to Commons Administration Committee-Telephone interviews with MPs constituency staff as part of GE 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Rowena Bermingham undertook ~10 telephone interviews with MPs' staff based in constituencies as part of Evaluation Team's research into experiences after General Election 2017. This piece of work was done for the Commons Administration Committee.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Support to Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Foxen provided the committee with a number of contact details and suggestions for experts and organisations they could contact to invite to contribute to the inquiry into the social effects of participation in culture and sport.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Support to Commons Exiting the EU Committee-January 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In January 2018, Dr Foxen provided a number of contacts to staff on the Exiting the EU Committee for a roundtable discussion of views on the implications of Brexit on EU research, science and innovation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Support to Commons Health Committee - September 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In September 2017, Dr Kenny was approached by staff on the Health Committee who were interested in potentially commissioning some work to go alongside its inquiry into the nursing workforce. The committee staff were unsure as to whether it would be possible to commission work from academics in such a short timescales (within 2 months). Dr Kenny met with the committee staff to sketch out possible ideas for what such a piece might feasibly do within the timeframe, identified relevant work in the area and also academics who had expertise on the topic. Dr Kenny explored with colleagues in the civil service and contacts at a few universities to identify rough costs of commissioning work and sent these to the committee.

In the end, the Committee decided not to commission any work, but were keen to do this in a more public-facing way than closed focus groups written up by a researcher would allow. For this reason, they chose to host a round-table discussion.

The committee specialist said that "We discussed the possibilities with Sarah and she was very encouraged to hear it would potentially be do-able within our timescales - something we've often thought would be too challenging in the past Thanks again for all your help. Even to have got this far with it is incredibly helpful from my point of view because it's proved to me that commissioning research is certainly possible even within the tight timescales we work to."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmhealth/353/353.pdf
 
Description Support to Commons Health and HCLG Committee inquiry on Adult Social Care 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In April 2018, Dr Rowena Bermingham undertook qualitative analysis of 60+ personal responses to the joint Health and Housing, Communities and Local Government Committees inquiry on adult social care inquiry to identify key themes. This analysis was used in Committee staff briefings for Committee visits.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Support to Commons Health and HCLG Committee inquiry on Adult Social Care 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Rowena Bermingham produced a briefing that synthesises key organisations research on public opinion on social care for Committee members. This provides Members with an analysis of this research and its findings, but also - very importantly - highlighting to them the differences in how the research was done - e.g. methodology, sample size, sample makeup (so, is it just older people, or people already using social care, etc) so they can get a bit more understanding about why different organisations may have reached different conclusions on this issue.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Support to Commons Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee-January 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In January 2018, secondee to POST SSS Cassie Barton provided staff on the Commons Communities and Local Government Committee with information about relevant research that has examined the effectiveness of fall prevention initiatives for an inquiry into Housing for Older People. This information was used directly by the Committee in its report, and the research suggested by Cassie (a report from the ESRC-funded What Works Centre for Ageing Better), is cited directly in the report.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmcomloc/370/370.pdf
 
Description Support to Commons Women and Equalities Committee, April 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In April 2017, Dr Hobbs provided contacts for potential witnesses and specialist advisers to staff on the Women & Equalities Committee as part of two inquiries it was running. The first was the Committee's inquiry 'High heels and workplace dress codes', which explored issues related to religious dress in the workplace. The second inquiry was into Older people and employment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Support to Commons Women and Equalities Committee-January 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In January 2018, Dr Kenny provided contact details for relevant academics and research for the Committee's one-off evidence session on sexual harrassment in workplace inquiry. The Committee Specialist informed Dr Kenny that they would no longer be hearing evidence from an academic for this session, but they would take the suggestions forward for an inquiry that the Committee had just launched on sexual harrassment in public places.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Support to Commons Women and Equalities Committee-November 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In November 2017, Dr Kenny suggested a number of academics as potential roundtable participants and witnesses for the Women and Equalities Committee inquiry on Race Disparity Audit. Several of the suggestions put forward were taken up by the Committee and asked to give oral evidence. Dr Kenny also produced a background briefing paper on the methodological aspects of the Race Disparity Audit as well as relevant research on administrative data, which underpinned much of the Audit.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/women-and-equalities-com...
 
Description Support to Commons Work and Pensions Committee-February 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Drs Kenny & Bermingham, with colleagues from POST, provided information about relevant contacts (individuals and organisations), and relevant research, for the Committee's inquiry into Assistive Technologies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Support to Home Affairs section of Commons Library-August 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In August 2017, Dr Foxen provided a library specialist in the Home Affairs section of the Commons library on lone wolf terrorism.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Support to Home Affairs section of Commons Library-September 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In September 2017, Dr Kenny and Foxen spoke at a team meeting of the Home Affairs section of the Commons library to explain the different types of support we can provide and to give examples of other support/pieces of work we have done for library teams in the past. Following this, we were asked to provide information about relevant researchers working in key areas that fall within the section's remit (domestic violence, counter-extremism and deradicalisation, acid attacks, no-fault divorce, media plurality, and prisons and probation reform. The team was interested in developing an informal network of academics that they could approach on an ad hoc basis with queries or to peer review briefings before they were published. Since then, we have been asked to provide information about relevant research to address specific enquiries from MPs. For example, in December, we were asked about research into the global financing of the drugs trade.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Support to House of Commons Library 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Contacts provided to Science and Environment, Business and Transport, Home Affairs and International Affairs and Defence sections.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Support to International Affairs and Defence Section of Commons Library-June 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact In June 2017, Dr Foxen provided contact details for relevant academics working on Brexit and EU law. The library specialist has informed us that they have taken forward the connections with phone calls.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Support to Lords Ad Hoc Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement-June 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In June 2017, Dr Hobbs provided advice to staff on the Lords Ad Hoc Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement, which included suggestions of relevant contacts and relevant literature. The suggestion for specialist adviser was taken up by the Committee.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/citizenship-civic-engageme...
 
Description Support to Lords Economic Affairs Committee-August 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In August 2017, Dr Kenny met with staff on the Lords Economic Affairs Committee and provided advice on potential specialist advisers and participants for roundtable discussion on its inquiry into the economics of higher, further and technical education. A number of the contacts provided have been called to oral evidence by the Committee and were asked to participate in the roundtable.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/economic-affairs-committee...
 
Description Support to Lords European Union Energy and Environment sub-Committee-February 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Foxen provided contact details and advised on possible scope for a proposed inquiry into biosecurity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Support to Social Policy Section of Commons Library-August 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In August 2017, Dr Kenny provided advice on relevant research and ongoing projects relevant to the library's briefing on Gypsies and Travellers. The library specialist was interested in potentially asking a couple of academics to peer-review the note before it was published. Follow up correspondence with the library specialist revealed that the suggestions of relevant academics were not taken up in the end. The note was reviewed by a senior specialist who decided that it didn't need external review. The specialist reported that the "information you provided was very useful - you found far more contacts that I was expecting! And although we haven't used them this time they may prove useful in the future. As you know our briefing papers are 'living' documents and need to be regularly updated, and we get enquiries on a huge range of issues. So, the contact list of academics could be very useful if I need to get further information for an update or an enquiry on this subject at a later date."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-8083
 
Description Support to Social Policy Section of Commons Library-January 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Provided academic papers on statutory PSHE to library specialist who was producing a briefing paper for an upcoming debate on the same topic. The library specialist said that they would consult this information when updating its standard briefing on PSHE.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Support to the House of Commons Health and Social Care Select Committee 'First 1000 Days of Life' inquiry 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Caroline Kenny sent committee specialists information on recent POSTbriefings relevant to its inquiry on first 1000 days of life .
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Support to the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee 'Funding priorities in the 2018-19 Budget: Health' inquiry 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Caroline Kenny sent committee specialist information on recent POSTbriefings relevant to its inquiry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Support to the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee 'Brexit, Science and Innovation: Preparations for 'No-Deal'' inquiry 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Project team provided a list of academics as suggestions for specialist advisers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Support to the House of Lords Pre-legislative Scrutiny Committee inquiry on 'Draft Registration of Overseas Entities Bill' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Caroline Kenny suggested relevant research and academics on Draft Registration of Overseas Entities Bill and identified members of International Financial Centres Forum.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk on 'The Use of Evidence in the UK Parliament' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk on 'The Use of Evidence in the UK Parliament' as part of a session on 'Policymakers and Communicating Science: Opportunities and Best Practices' at the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting. The event was very well attended - standing room only - by a mix of academics, policy makers, students and the general public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://aaas.confex.com/aaas/2019/meetingapp.cgi/Session/21132
 
Description Three days of training for congressional staff in the Chamber of Deputies in the Argentine Congress 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The team member spent three days training approximately 25 congressional staff in the Argentine Chamber of Deputies in what LSA is, why it is important, the POST methodology, other methodologies, and how to research a parliamentary briefing.
The key outcome for this activity was raised awareness and capacity building in the staff of the Congress, and plans for further activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Training Spanish researchers in writing briefings and delivering oral briefings 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Sarah Foxen participated in training Spanish researchers in writing and delivering oral briefings to policymakers. This is part of the wider project she is involved in in supporting Spain to set up a legislative science advice mechanism. Sarah reviewed twelve draft research briefings in Spanish, drafted by trainee Spanish science advisors. She then gave feedback on individual briefings to the 24 trainees, including discussing content, structure and tone. Following this, Sarah participated in a mock panel of Parliamentarians, where she helped trainees to practise deliver oral briefings by asking questions, and giving constructive feedback.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Training for academics at Glyndwr 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The aim of this activity was to raise awareness and train researchers and knowledge mobilisers to be able to engage with Parliament. As a result we have had some correspondence from staff at the institution, looking to explore next steps.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Training for academics at UEL 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The purpose of this activity was to train academics in how to engage with Parliament. The intended outcomes are that they will now engage with various areas of Parliament, which, it is hoped, may lead to impactful changes. As a result of this, a couple of academics have submitted evidence to select committee inquiries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Training for academics on the NINE DTP programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The aim of this activity was to raise awareness and train PhD researchers to be able to engage with Parliament. As a result we have had some correspondence from academics, some have submitted evidence and attended events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Training for parliamentary staff on qualitative interviewing 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Kenny delivered a training session with Commons parliamentary staff involved in internal evaluation projects on conducting face-to-face interviews.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Training for parliamentary staff on using Altmetrics 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Kenny organised a training session for staff in the Commons & Lords libraries on Altmetrics. This is following Parliament's decision to pay for a subscription to Altmetrics software, to better enable it to track the attention and impact of parliamentary research in policy publications and social media. The session was delivered by Altmetrics staff.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Training for researchers at Newcastle 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The aim of this activity was to raise awareness and train researchers and knowledge mobilisers to be able to engage with Parliament. As a result certain have signed up to our mailing list and provided us with contacts at the request of colleagues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Training for trainee science advisors in Spain 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Sarah Foxen delivered a training session as part of a project in Spain to make the case to the Parliament for a legislative science advice office. The project, 'Ciencia en el Parlamento' entails a number of academics being trained as science advisors to deliver science advice events in the Spanish Parliament in November 2018. The training, delivered to 25 Spanish researchers, taught them how research is used by Parliamentarians, the kinds of research and information that are relevant to science advice, and ways to communicate. In the workshop the Spanish trainees were guided in the early stages of research and information seeking, collating information on 12 topics to be presented in the November event. Over the summer, research continued, and it will be presented in the coming month.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.cienciaenelparlamento.org/
 
Description Training members of ARMA 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Sarah Foxen contributed a section of training at ARMA's workshop on working with political organisations (Association of Research Managers and Administrators). The aim of this was to share details on how research feeds into Parliament and how the professionals can assist their academics to contribute their research into the work of the legislature.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://arma.ac.uk/product/working-with-political-institutions-and-public-officials/
 
Description Twinterview with Taylor and Francis 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Sarah Foxen participated in a Twinterview with Taylor and Francis, through Parliament's KE Twitter account. The aim of this activity was to raise awareness around how research is used in Parliament and how researchers can work with Parliament as well as how to frame their research for policymakers. The aim of participating in activity on this platform was to reach a different audience, beyond the usual suspects, and to demonstrate a sense of conversation and open communication with Parliament.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://twitter.com/i/moments/1092770703856881664
 
Description Two briefing papers highlighted as 'recommended reading' by New Zealand Ministry of Health 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact POSTnotes 532 on Integrating Health and Social Care and 539 Creating Age-Friendly Cities highlighted by the New Zealand Ministry of Health 'recommended reading' newsletter.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
 
Description UCL Policy Skills Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Caroline Kenny presented on how research is used in the UK Parliament.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence PhD Summer School (Sheffield) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presented to PhD students researching housing about how to engage with UK Parliament.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description UK Operational Research Society Simulation (University of Surrey Business School) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Caroline Kenny presented to the UK Operational Research Society Simulation, University of Surrey Business School.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description UK Parliament Work Experience Programme Event (London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Presented about research in UK Parliament to interns in Parliament.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description UK Perspectives on Mobility 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presented to the European Parliamentary Technology Assessment (EPTA) conference on 'UK Perspectives on Mobility'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description University of Coventry Institute for Future Transport and Cities Event (Coventry) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation to department about research in UK Parliament.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description University of Reading Education Event (London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented information about engaging with UK Parliament to researchers in education from the University of Reading alongside colleagues from select committees and the library.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Video about how to engage with Parliament 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact In this video, Committee and Library specialists, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology advisers and MPs' and Lords' researchers share their experiences of how academic research supports and informs their work. The aims of the video were 1) to share information with the academic community about how Parliament uses research and 2) to demystify 'who' works in Parliament. Both of these aims respond to barriers to engagement identified by SSS research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSJvc-Tnxc8&feature=youtu.be
 
Description Video on being a specialist advisor to a committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The aim of this video was to explain to the academic community what the role of being a specialist advisor entails. The purpose for this was to encourage academics to consider the role.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1aUbyvxZh0&feature=youtu.be
 
Description Video on why engage with Parliament 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This short video gathers together interviews from Dr Jessie Ricketts, Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP and Fergus Reid, Committee Clerk, who share their experiences of how academic research has made a difference to Parliament through providing scrutiny, informing debate and shaping legislation. The purpose of the video was to raise awareness of the value of research to Parliament amongst the academic community and to inspire them to engage.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyX-uZf7DTI&feature=youtu.be
 
Description Wanted: Academics Wise to the Needs of Government 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact An article in the magazine Nature written by Dr Chris Tyler.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-017-07744-1
 
Description Web hub for academics on Parliament website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact On November 30, 2017, Dr Sarah Foxen launched a new web hub for academic researchers: 'Research Impact at the UK Parliament'. This hub provides comprehensive information for researchers and universities on how they can engage with Parliament. The hub answers three key questions:
• What is Parliament interested in?
• How does Parliament use research?
• Why engage with Parliament?

It provides essential information on ways to engage with Parliament and stay up to date, as well as contact details of parliamentary teams and staff who work with research to support Parliamentarians.

The pages feature a variety of case studies in which researchers from across the UK, and from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, write about their experiences of working with a number of parliamentary offices. Feedback on the new site has rated it as 8 of 10 as an improvement on previous provision and 6 out of 10 for how easy it was to find desired information on the webpages. Between 30th Nov and 11th Jan, the webpages had 9,950 visits, with 7815 unique page views. The tweet to publicise the web hub has been retweeted 323 times, with 227 likes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.parliament.uk/research-impact
 
Description What can research tell us about Brexit? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Blog piece writing up event on research focused on Brexit, hosted on the House of Commons Library blog 'Second Reading'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/brexit/policy/what-can-research-tell-us-about-brexit/
 
Description Widening Academic Engagement with Parliament Event (Nottingham) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Run by Dr Sarah Foxen. A one-day training programme aimed at academics and relevant staff from universities that have been shown historically to engage less with Parliament. The event targeted people at non-Russell Group universities across different subject areas and all career stages. The aim was to train, empower and encourage academics and the staff that support them so that they feel confident to work with Parliament, or encourage others to do so. It included presentations from parliamentary staff and academics as well as a practical workshop. Approximately 50 speakers attended from 25 different UK institutions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Workshop delivered for the 2017 ESRC DTC Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This workshop introduced ESRC funded doctoral students to the opportunities and challenges of enabling their research to have substantive policy impacts throughout their careers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/esrc-dtc-conference-2017-tickets-31883041034
 
Description Workshop on a research agenda for legislative science advice 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A co-design workshop for academics, policy makers and science-policy intermediaries on developing a research agenda for legislative science advice. The workshop was attended by 14 people from 7 countries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://aaas.confex.com/aaas/2019/meetingapp.cgi/Session/22508
 
Description Workshop on legislative science advice 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A workshop on legislative science advice as part of the 2018 INGSA conference (International Network of Government Science Advice). The workshop was part of a co-design methodology to develop a research programme on legislative science advice. It was attended by 51 people from 31 countries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description haired panel session on National Research Policy at AESIS Impact of Science conference, Berlin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The team member chaired a panel on National Research Policy, with speakers from the Netherlands Rathenau Institute and Australian Research Council.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019