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Improving how government uses evidence to make policy more effective

Overview Capabilities in Academic Policy Engagement (CAPE) is a research project exploring ways to improve engagement between academics and policymakers in England. In close partnership with the Chief Scientific Adviser’s (CSA) Office at the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), Nesta has launched an immersive, 12-month pilot project that aims to improve the way that evidence and academic expertise is used when policies are created and implemented. “The ability to make a tight, evidence-rich, fact-based, argument which doesn’t waste words or evade hard choices is critical to effective Government.” – Michael Gove Over the last decade, and increasingly … Continued

Community of Policy Practice launched 

Northumbria University recently held an interactive online event to formally launch its Community of Policy Practice.  The Community of Policy Practice is open to all staff at Northumbria University and membership has grown to more than 150 members since it was set up in October 2021  The launch event on 18 January 2022 featured a presentation from Professor Alistair Rieu Clarke and his research on international law, sustainable development and transboundary waters and an overview of the opportunities available through the Capabilities in Academic Policy Engagement (CAPE) project from Jenny Hasenfuss, CAPE Project Coordinator at Northumbria University. The event was … Continued

Calling all policy professionals: 2022-23 CAPE policy fellows programme for policy professionals

Policy professionals including those working in UK central government, local government and the civil society sector in the UK are invited to apply for the 2022-23 CAPE policy fellows programme. The CAPE policy fellows programme is a flexible professional development programme which offers access to leading researchers across a range of disciplines at the five CAPE partner universities. The programme begins with each CAPE Fellow spending the equivalent of five days having 1:1 and small group meetings with academics. We anticipate that these introductory meetings will start during the second quarter of 2022. For any queries, please contact the Cambridge … Continued

CAPE knowledge sharing session

On 22 November 2021, CAPE hosted the first of its quarterly sharing sessions, themed around the ‘Incoming Policy Fellowship Model’. Sharing sessions examine each of the CAPE academic policy engagement mechanisms so we can discuss learning with the sector on what works. The session provided an opportunity for 40 public policy professionals and researchers to share their experiences and reflections on the incoming policy fellowship mechanism and its role in the policy engagement landscape. The presentations and discussion considered evidence of policy fellowships and introduced case study examples of successful fellowship schemes. What is the incoming policy fellow model? Incoming policy fellowship … Continued