Abstract

Understanding Society Scientific Conference 2019 - , University of Essex

How can longitudinal research make a difference? Working with government departments and parliamentarians

My Programme   Add 
Day:Tue 2 Jul
Time:15:30-17:30
Room:LTB6
  • Raj Patel, Understanding Society
  • Grant Hill-Cawthorne, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Nick Taylor, Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee, House of Commons
  • Mike Daly, Central Analysis and Science Strategy Unit, DWP
  • Rod Harrison / Francesca Gualco, Office of the Chief Researcher, Scottish Government 
  • Professor Bernie Hannigan, Director for Research, Translation and Innovation, Public Health England

The purpose of this symposium is to strengthen links between academic researchers and policymakers – individual government departments and parliamentary bodies. It will provide an opportunity to discuss areas of mutual research interest and efficient routes to collaboration.

Bringing together researchers, Understanding Society Co-Funding Departments and Parliamentary bodies in a symposium, it will provide a unique opportunity to hear from leading government departments and devolved administrations about their main research needs and the application of Understanding Society in their work. Three government departments will discuss their (evolving) research interests – as set out in Areas of Research Interest (ARIs) statements, which are designed to align research from academia with policy development needs and widen researcher engagement.

Parliamentarians, and in particular the UK’s system of Select Committees, are central to the process of examining problems, policy scrutiny and ideas generation. The Parliamentary Office of Science Technology (POST) will discuss how researchers can engage with parliamentary processes, what support POST can provide and challenges for UK’s longitudinal studies. Delegates will receive insights into how the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) Select Committee identifies topics for scrutiny, where Select Committees can make a difference and what makes for a good oral and written evidence submission (devolved administrations have their own scrutiny processes).

There will be ample time for questions and discussions about mutual areas of research interest and support for collaboration.

Introduction/Chair: Raj Patel, Impact Fellow, Understanding Society

Working with Government Departments

Evidence needs and use of Understanding Society:

  • Department for Work and Pensions: Mike Daly, Central Analysis and Science Strategy Unit
  • Scottish Government: Rod Harrison / Francesca Gualco, Office of the Chief Researcher 
  • Public Health England: Professor Bernie Hannigan, Director for Research, Translation and Innovation

Q&A 

Working with Parliament

  • Challenges for longitudinal studies in translation and policy application

Grant Hill-Cawthorne, Head of Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology 

  • Policy priorities and work of Select Committees: how to have an impact

Nick Taylor, Committee Specialist, Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee, House of Commons 

                Q&A 

Questions and discussion: roundtable session