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Oldham Economic Review and Levelling Up 

The factories of the Industrial Revolution ran through several regions of the north, making them once prosperous. But, since the closure of the cotton mills, most of these regions have been economically left behind, which has caused a decline in productivity, health, education and more. Coupled with the 2008 economic crisis and the COVID-19 outbreak, these regions have remained in a status of economic disparity. Oldham is one of those left behind towns, with challenging rates of economic decline. Skill levels are one of the most accurately indicative marks of socioeconomic outcomes. In Oldham, 28.3% of the population have a … Continued

On Productivity : A new report from academics at The University of Manchester calls for significant changes in order to ‘level up’ the country 

The UK has a productivity problem. The productivity record in the UK has been consistently among the worst in the OECD with output per hour worked growing at a snail pace of 0.5% per year on average between 2008 and 2019. And this productivity problem becomes more challenging when you consider the huge variation within the UK, across devolved nations, regions and cities. That slow nationwide 0.5% productivity growth is double the growth seen in the north-east, while growth stalled entirely in the north-west and declined in Yorkshire and the Humber over the past decade. “The promise to level up … Continued

CAPE launches fellowship with Newham Council on participative democracy

CAPE is pleased to launch a new 12-month policy fellowship with Newham, taken up by Darren Sharpe, honorary Research Fellow at the UCL Institute of Finance and Technology and Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the Institute for Connected Communities (ICC) based at the University of East London (UEL). Talking about his fellowship, Darren commented – My motivation for applying for the CAPE Fellowship was the ability it afforded me to build meaningful relationships between academy and the public sector to tackle real world policy challenges. Specifically, the project based in the London Borough of Newham will focus on … Continued

CAPE Policy Challenge: Scoping a New Deal for Workers in Islington

Summary | Context | The Policy Challenge | Evidence needs | Delivering the work | Application process | Eligibility | Timeline | About the Policy Challenge Fund | Islington New Deal for Workers Summary CAPE invites applications from staff at UCL and the University of Cambridge as part of the CAPE project to work with Islington Council to develop an evidence base which will underpin the development of a New Deal for Workers in Islington. Funding of between £5k and £15k is available and it is anticipated the research will be carried out between 30 June and 28 October. Respondents … Continued

CAPE launches knowledge brokerage fellowship with the Greater London Authority

CAPE is pleased to launch a new 12-month fellowship starting this week with the Greater London Authority (GLA), taken up by two fellows, Sarah Jasim, Research Fellow in Social Care at LSE, and Ilias Krystallis, Assistant Professor in Enterprise Management at UCL. The fellowship will provide a dedicated knowledge brokerage function in the GLA to build knowledge networks between GLA staff and academics in London and beyond, bringing together communities of practice and engaging closely with the London Research and Policy Partnership (LRaPP). London is one of the world’s leading research and higher education capitals, with over 40 Universities and … Continued

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

CAPEcast episode 6. Why we need evidence synthesis: exploring academic policy engagement with the International Public Policy Observatory (IPPO)

In our sixth episode of CAPEcast, our podcast exploring academic-policy engagement, Sarah Chaytor talks to Joanna Chataway and Geoff Mulgan from the ESRC-funded International Public Policy Observatory (IPPO) at UCL. Created during the pandemic, IPPO have mobilised swiftly to assess evidence from around the world to inform UK policy makers, enabling social science evidence to bear on policy making in a more effective way. In this episode, we discuss the key strands of IPPOs work, spanning care, homeless and mental health, and right now looking at issues such as population level mental health, social capital and the importance of communities … Continued

CAPE begins project on rapid evidence reviews with the International Public Policy Observatory (IPPO) and Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST)

Policymakers tell us that there is a pressing need for swift summaries of evidence. But how can we deliver rapid reviews of research without cutting corners and compromising on quality? This pilot project will test different ways to marry policymaker demand with academic rigour. A partnership between International Public Policy Observatory (IPPO) and Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), it will develop and evaluate training, templates and toolkits for rapid reviews by university-based researchers. A year-long project, it will create a series of reviews needed by House of Commons select committees, covering health, COVID-19, or social science topics. The … 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