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Collaboratively and at scale: lending CAPE’s experience to the challenge of describing knowledge mobilisation

Across Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and in policy domains, there has been increased support for and investment in knowledge mobilisation activities and roles. At a time in which funding decision makers and awardees need to evidence the value of investments, questions arise: what is knowledge mobilisation, what does it do and why does it need investing in? Through our work in CAPE, we are seeking to contribute insight into the ways that academic policy engagement is enacted through knowledge mobilisation. We reflect on what our experience of knowledge mobilisation practice collaboratively and at scale tells us, and why a deeper appreciation of the way it works at systemic levels might be useful for the sector as it develops.

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Why are knowledge exchange events in academic policy engagement so important?

Many of us run knowledge exchange events to support academic policy engagement, but can we articulate easily why and how they are important? Following a CAPE Sharing Session, we reflect on what we learnt about what works when running knowledge exchange activities.

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Applying for co-production funding in academic policy engagement: lessons from the CAPE Collaboration Fund

From September 2021 – April 2022 we ran three funding calls for our CAPE Collaboration Fund and awarded £400,000 for co-production projects between academics and policy partners. While our projects are ongoing, we explore what we funded, what made for strong applications, and share our recommendations for writing an application for a collaborative project with policy professionals.

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Developing Areas of Research Interest with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to drive academic engagement with government evidence needs

Elizabeth Lomas, CAPE Policy Fellow with DCMS, is working on the update to the department’s 2018 Areas of Research Interest document. She shares with CAPE how DCMS is developing these and her reflections on the process so far.

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Answering the Challenges to Open Access: The ‘5 Cs’

Sarah Chaytor reflects on the implications of open access research for increasing evidence-informed policy making and how we can ensure that policy communities can benefit from the increasing volume of research available.

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CAPE fellow to work with Cambridgeshire County Council to reduce health inequalities

CAPE commences new fellowship with University of Cambridge and Cambridgeshire County Council supporting the development of a ‘Health in all Policies’ approach at the Council.

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Updated guidance on giving evidence to a House of Commons select committee

Parliament have updated their guidance for giving written or oral evidence to a House of Commons select committee. Find out more about what this includes.

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Lessons from literature and practice: how to support successful academic-policy engagement

With increasing scholarly investigation of academic-policy engagement in recent years, we explore what common insights are emerging from this literature and what this tells us about how to have successful engagement in practice.

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Improving learning opportunities for policy engagement: lessons from the CAPE consortium

Gigi Tennant and Kuranda Morgan from CAPE partner Nesta, who lead our training workstream, share their reflections on what they’ve learnt about how to improve training and learning provision for academics who are engaging with policy.

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Spending 12 months embedded in the academic world: reflections from CAPE Policy Fellow Roshnee Patel

Roshnee Patel, Deputy Director in the Policy and Strategy Group at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), has recently started a year-long CAPE fellowship at UCL to explore what framework she might develop to address complex social welfare legal need better across vulnerable groups. She explores why she’s taken a year out from the MoJ, the importance of taking time to reflect deeply on how she has approached policy and implementation in a central Government context, and what she’s been up to so far.

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