Are you orienting your research towards influencing policy and making an impact? If you are yet to consider this, our webinar recordings are a must watch.
As a researcher, you may have identified critical gaps in understanding and clinical care. Your work has culminated in potential solutions with the capacity to yield cost savings and enhance quality of life. Yet, how might policy makers respond to your findings? Have you considered the next step? Are policy makers going to implement your findings?
This Research-Policy Partnerships spotlight series provides the opportunity to learn from policy makers and influencers, researchers who have successfully influenced policy, and experts adept at crafting policy documents, who explain the reality of influencing policy and provide practical steps to orient your projects to making an impact.
The webinar recordings aim to demystify the research-policy interface and guide you in strategically aligning your projects for maximum influence.
Our Top Tips: Developed with the Centre for Health in All Policies Research Translation.
- Build Trusting Relationships: Establish meaningful connections with Researchers and/ or Policy Makers working in your area. Attend meetings or workshops that link with your topic of interest but may not be directly relevant. Engage in both informal and formal discussions and seek opportunities understand diverse perspective. This helps to build opportunities to collaborate. Building trust and rapport is key to increase the translation of research considered in policy decisions.
- Communicate Clearly and Concisely: Craft your messages and recommendations into clear, concise messages that are accessible to people from across diverse backgrounds and disciplines. Use plain language and visuals to convey complex information effectively.
- Align Your Research with Policy Priorities: For researchers, focus your research on issues and topics that align with current policy priorities and agendas. Demonstrating relevance to policy increases the likelihood of the research informing policy and practice.
- Mobilise Stakeholder Support: Engage with stakeholders, including advocacy groups, affected communities, and other experts. Mobilize their support for action, including research and its potential policy implications. A united front often has more influence.
- Timing Is Crucial: The policy making process is often time critical; it is essential to have access to relevant easily digestible research evidence at strategic moments, such as when policy decisions are being discussed or when public attention is high. Timely information can have a more significant impact.
Webinar 1: Using evidence and data to inform Government policy + A panel discussion with policy makers
Prof Jacqueline Bowden presents her research in tobacco control and how her findings informed government policy. This is followed by a panel session with Marina Bowshall and Clinton Cenko who are policy makers within SA Health’s Drug and Alcohol Services.
Professor Jacqueline Bowden, Director of the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, Flinders University.
Marina Bowshall, Chief Executive, Wellbeing SA.
Clinton Cenko, Manager of the Tobacco Control Unit for Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia, Department of Health and Wellbeing.
Webinar 2: Influencing Policy 101
This webinar steps you through policy 101. What exactly is policy? Who writes policy? Why and how should you think about influencing policy? Not to be missed.
A/Prof Carmel Williams, Director, Health in All Policies Research Translation.
Evidence – Does it really matter in the policy making process?
A/Prof Kristin Carson-Chahhoud, Director Houd Enterprise.
How to build a policy-focused research project.
Webinar 3: Advocacy success stories
This webinar provides two examples of how successful advocacy has led to changes in government policy and funding success. Presenters discuss tips for advocating with government – likely researchers are not the front people.
Julie Anne Mitchell, Strategic Advisor and Board Member for Heart Research Australia.
Navigating the terrain: Essential tips for effective health advocacy.
Dr Beck O’Hara, Grant Funded Researcher, Robinson Research Institute.
Endozone: A case study in policy and research.
Webinar 4: Turn your research into a policy document
Led by Carmel Williams, the final spotlight series event was a practical session which was not recorded. Attendees learnt how to turn a piece of research into a policy briefing document.
A/Prof Carmel Williams, Director, Health in All Policies Research Translation
If you would like to learn more about policy briefings or research-policy partnerships, why not sign up for the next Masterclass in Research-Policy Partnerships, led by A/Prof Carmel Williams.
Research-Policy related resources
- Masterclass in Research-Policy Partnerships
- Short Advocacy course
- WA Public Health Association Toolkit
- Public Health Association Young Mentee Program
- Franklin Women Mentor Program
- Reflections on a 38 year career in public health advocacy
- American Public Health Association 10 rules of advocacy