Using the UK research base to support evidence-based policymaking

Date and Time: 
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
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This Westminster Higher Education Forum conference will bring together key policymakers from across Whitehall, the devolved administrations and local authorities with stakeholders from the UK research community to discuss ways of improving the use of research to inform policymaking.

It comes as the next Research Excellence Framework cycle is expected to increase the weight of the 'impact' criteria from 20 to 25% and follows REF 2014 results which showed "informing government policy" was the most common type of impact, followed by "supporting Parliamentary scrutiny".

Sessions will examine efforts to improve the use of research in Government including What Works Centres, using Randomised Controlled Trials and behavioural economics, as well as how academics can deliver ‘impact’ through providing evidence to Select Committees, responding to Government reviews and building effective working relationships with officials. Delegates will also discuss how the use of data and evidence can be encouraged at a local government level as well.