Research Informed Policy and Practice

Informing policy and practice involves engaging with a range of stakeholders and can be undertaken at local, national or international levels. It could involve actors from parliament, schools, charities, or international organisations. The focus could be on culture, energy, or social housing, to name just a few. 

Achieving impact in this space can be difficult and the process challenging, often dependent on the political climate, available resource, and institutional and regional capabilities. As such, a thoughtful and strategic approach is required that involves, directly or indirectly, key influences, decision makers, and beneficiaries. 


TU Policy Hub (Teesside University) Capabilities in Academic Policy Engagement (CAPE) Universities Policy Engagement Network (UPEN) Areas of Research Interest (UK Government)
The Politics of Evidence Based Policymaking (Paul Cairney) Engagement Resources (UK Parliament) How to evidence and record policy impact (Cambridge University) Engaging with UK Government Areas of Research Interest (UPEN)

Reading List

Boaz, Davies, Fraser, and Nutley. Eds. 2019. What Works Now? Evidence-Informed Policy and Practice. Policy Press.

Cairney, Heikkila, and Wood. 2019. Making Policy in a Complex World. Cambridge University Press.

Chrisinger. 2017. Public Policy Writing That Matters. Johns Hopkins University Press.

Head. 2015. Toward More “Evidence‐Informed” Policy Making?. Public Administration Review. 79:3, 472-484.

Martinuzzi and Sedlačko.2016. Knowledge Brokerage for Sustainable Development: Innovative Tools for Increasing Research Impact and Evidence-Based Policy Making. Greenleaf Publishing.

Mols, Bell, and Head. 2020. Bridging the research‐policy gap: the importance of effective identity leadership and shared commitment. Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice. 16:1, 145-163.

Décieux. 2020. How much evidence is in evidence-based policymaking: a case study of an expert group of the European Commission. Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice. 16:1, 45-63.