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CAPEcast episode 2: Towards co-production – how academics can engage with local government

In our second episode of CAPEcast, our podcast exploring different avenues of academic-policy engagement, Sarah Chaytor and Olivia Stevenson from UCL talk to Jonathan Lloyd of Waltham Forest Council and Hayley Sims, Islington Council (formerly of Waltham Forest) about our work supporting Waltham Forest to develop their Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. We explore how researchers can help local councils have time and space to consider how to tackle structural inequalities against a backdrop of more immediate delivery priorities, particularly in the context COVID recovery. We also chat about the difference between local authorities and national government in confronting local … Continued

New CAPE Regional Development Fellow with Yorkshire Universities

CAPE and Yorkshire Universities (YU) are delighted to welcome the appointment of Dr Richard Whittle, as the first CAPE Regional Development Fellow. Starting on 1 July, Richard will work with YU, the Place-based Economic Recovery Network (PERN) and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, to lead an innovative project tasked with strengthening the use and application of university research to inform public policy in West Yorkshire. Commenting on his appointment, Dr Richard Whittle said: The Universities in Yorkshire produce outstanding insights that could, and should, help shape the effective evidence-based policy, vital for post-pandemic recovery and growth. As a CAPE Policy … Continued

Science Advice: from the national to the local

Report of the Capabilities in Academic-Policy Engagement (CAPE) seminar and panel discussion on Chief Scientific Advisors, 14 December 2020 This event was part of CAPE’s programme of work exploring academic-policy engagement within local and regional government and the role that a science advisory function might play. The goal of the discussion was to explore the role of chief scientific advisers (CSAs) and share the perspectives of those who have been or are presently CSAs with national government or public bodies. This note highlights the key points from the panel discussion and consolidates the most salient messages raised during the Q&A … Continued

Workshop report: CAPE and the London Policy & Strategy Network

In December 2020, the Capabilities in Academic-Policy Engagement partnership (CAPE) co-facilitated a workshop with Camden Council at a meeting of the London Policy & Strategy Network. The aim of the workshop was to explore: current policy challenges for local councils difficulties in accessing research evidence and expertise The discussion at the workshop will inform the development of CAPE activities to support engagement with local councils within London and across England.

CAPE is hiring! Policy Fellowship with Yorkshire Universities.

CAPE is pleased to announce a new Policy Fellowship opportunity with Yorkshire Universities (YU), working together with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA). This role will require the successful candidate to work closely with YU, WYCA, PERN and other partners in West Yorkshire, including local authorities, further education, health and care sector, communities and business. The main responsibilities will be to: Act as a conduit for academic expertise and research evidence to inform policy considerations and development in West Yorkshire, in order to: expand the understanding and use of high-quality expertise and evidence in regional policy development; and increase the … Continued

CAPE launches Policy Fellowship with the House of Commons Committee Office Scrutiny Unit to expand the use of evidence in the UK Parliament

CAPE is working with the Scrutiny Unit of the House of Commons Committee Office to support the implementation of the 2017-19 Liaison Committee’s report recommendations on use of research evidence. A 6-month Policy Fellowship is providing dedicated expertise to explore how to support the use of research evidence in Parliament. This includes working with Select Committees on developing their Areas of Research Interests (ARIs) and considering how to develop more systematic structures of cooperation between parliament and research institutions. The Fellowship will explore appropriate tools and incentives to encourage engagement and help to provide evaluation of new initiatives. The project activities … Continued

CAPE and Ministry of Justice collaborate to explore evidence gaps in Areas of Research Interest

Capabilities in Academic Policy Exchange (CAPE) and the Evidence and Partnerships Hub in the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Data and Analytical Services Directorate are excited to announce their new collaboration exploring how to strengthen links between policy/practice and the academic community. Our engagement programme will run throughout 2021 with the aim of learning more about effective modes of knowledge exchange and addressing key evidence gaps in the MoJ Areas of Research Interest (ARI) publication. Activities will be developed iteratively in response to need and are expected to include collaborative events, training, commencement of fellowships and secondments, and co-created research projects. … Continued

The Knowledge Exchange Unit celebrates two years in UK Parliament

The Knowledge Exchange Unit (KEU), was formed in September 2018 by the Parliamentary Office for Science & Technology (POST), a CAPE partner, and has just celebrated its second anniversary. KEU was created to support, enhance and diversify the exchange of information and expertise between parliament and the research community, and has published a report reflecting on their achievements and plans for the future. CAPE welcomes this report and we look forward to working with them on their priorities for the coming year. Read more: About POST The Knowledge Exchange Unit two year report

In The Media: Call for regional scientific advisers to boost local engagement

English councils should appoint scientific advisers to enable academics to inform local policy decisions, according to a university leader. Read the full article at Times Higher Education

In The Media: Universities must collaborate to better inform public policy

Covid-19 has underlined the need for more coordinated and comprehensive engagement with policymakers, say David Price, Sarah Chaytor and Andrew Wathey. Read the full article in Times Higher Education.