The Development of Proposals for a Robust Rural Evidence Base to Underpin Rural Policy Making in Northern Ireland

Lead Research Organisation: Queen's University of Belfast
Department Name: Sociology Social Policy and Social Work

Abstract

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Description How public policy is constructed is very complex. A range of evidence is used from academic evidence to user group experiential evidence. It is important to ensure open and accessible dialogue between all groups involved in policy making
Exploitation Route My findings have been taken forward; the policy priorities I identified were adopted, and a rural statistician was appointed
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink

 
Description Discussions on how evidence is used in policy
First Year Of Impact 2012
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Communities and Social Services/Policy
Impact Types Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Rural statistician appointed to government department
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Increased availability of rural statistics to inform rural policy decision making
 
Description Wrote rural policy priorities for the region
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description Wrote rural policy priorities for the region
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description Faculty Granger & Cottman Endowment Fund Scholarship through Monash University in Melbourne to consider public policy for rural proofing in Australia 
Organisation Monash University
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This will happen in 2015. I will directly work with the Australian government to consider the merits and demerits of public policy for rural proofing.
Collaborator Contribution This will happen in 2015. I will directly work with the Australian government to consider the merits and demerits of public policy for rural proofing.
Impact Briefing papers will be prepared for government Scientific journal articles will be produced
Start Year 2014
 
Description Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series (KESS) 
Organisation Northern Ireland Assembly's Research and Information Service
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Following my time as a Knowledge Transfer Fellow, I began to think more widely about the need for knowledge transfer across the university. I established the Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series with a colleague in the Northern Ireland Devolved Government.
Collaborator Contribution My partner, Eileen Regan developed the series from the Government side. They identified 'Hot Topics', issues to be discussed in government over the following year. We circulated this round the universities, and people who had conducted relevant research, prepared a user friendly briefing paper and PowerPoint, which were circulated to the relevant select committees and presented in Government.
Impact This is multi-disciplinary (see website) including sociology, social policy, law, planning, economics, geography, politics, biological sciences and so on. There are numerous briefing papers and PowerPoint presentations on various issues available on the website.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Knowledge into Policy 
Organisation Cornell University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Contribution to a discussion on how to increase the use of research in public policy.
Collaborator Contribution Development of different perspectives from the US and policy makers.
Impact Panel discussion with: sociologists, planners, geographers, economists and user groups.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Newcastle University Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series: NU KESS 
Organisation Gateshead Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution This KESS is being established because of the contributions of Eileen Regan and myself to colleagues in Newcastle University.
Collaborator Contribution I initiated the KESS having moved to Newcastle University through working with the Policy Academy. I then brought Eileen Regan and Claire Dewhirst over from Belfast to give workshops and seminars on how we initiated KESS in Belfast.
Impact We are collaborating with all of the local councils. All are involved in this process of knowledge exchange.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Newcastle University Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series: NU KESS 
Organisation Newcastle City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution This KESS is being established because of the contributions of Eileen Regan and myself to colleagues in Newcastle University.
Collaborator Contribution I initiated the KESS having moved to Newcastle University through working with the Policy Academy. I then brought Eileen Regan and Claire Dewhirst over from Belfast to give workshops and seminars on how we initiated KESS in Belfast.
Impact We are collaborating with all of the local councils. All are involved in this process of knowledge exchange.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Newcastle University Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series: NU KESS 
Organisation Northumberland County Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution This KESS is being established because of the contributions of Eileen Regan and myself to colleagues in Newcastle University.
Collaborator Contribution I initiated the KESS having moved to Newcastle University through working with the Policy Academy. I then brought Eileen Regan and Claire Dewhirst over from Belfast to give workshops and seminars on how we initiated KESS in Belfast.
Impact We are collaborating with all of the local councils. All are involved in this process of knowledge exchange.
Start Year 2017
 
Description DARD evidence-based policy project : an overview, progress to date, and some early reflections 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Powerpoint presentation to the advisory group for the rural evidence-based policy project for DARD

This talk contributed to reflections on how to use evidence in policy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008
URL http://www.dardni.gov.uk/index.htm
 
Description Knowledge power struggles and the formation of public policy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact Invited to contribute a book chapter to an edited volume

Invited to speak about the public value of the social sciences to the Irish Social Science Platform

It led to a general debate about the importance of publicly engaged social science
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013