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The Policy Knowledge Brokering Forum: enhancing collaboration to support academic-policy engagement

CAPE are pleased to be working with policy practitioners working across UK Government, Parliament, and other public policy organisations who act as knowledge brokers with the academic community, to support the newly established Policy Knowledge Brokering Forum (PKBF). 

Policy Knowledge Brokering Forum: Launch event 02 February 2022

The Forum held its launch event last week. It provides a shared space for policy practitioners to share insights, lessons learnt, best practice, and questions arising from engagement with the academic community. We are delighted to welcome new members, so if you are a policy knowledge broker working in England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales please join us using the sign up form below! 

Supported by the CAPE project for this first year we hope that this pilot is a great way to explore issues of common interest and a valuable way to enhance the exchange of knowledge and advance engagement with the academic community. This vital learning will inform the work of CAPE and contributes to our guiding aim of understanding what works well in academic policy engagement as embedded in our Theory of Change.  


The Forum held its first session last week and centred on “Fellowships: Bringing Academia into Policy”. By providing an overview of fellowship opportunities which bring academia into policy settings and sharing lessons learnt, the Forum is able to build a resource to make academic-policy engagement through fellowships even more efficient and effective. 

“CAPE are delighted to be supporting the Forum in this pilot year. Making connections within and beyond the members provides great potential in linking up experience and practice, and to maximise the benefits of academic – policy engagement interactions.” Kayleigh Renberg-Fawcett, CAPE Project Coordinator (UCL) and co-founding member of PKBF.

“We in the Knowledge Exchange Unit are so delighted to have participated in the inaugural Policy Knowledge Brokering Forum last week. We’ve really benefited from the individual conversations we’ve had with fellow policy knowledge brokers over the past few years, and felt that there would be value in coming together as a community of practice; however, we hadn’t managed to make it happen. So, it’s so fantastic to be collaborating with CAPE and colleagues across the policy sector on this pilot in which those of us working in knowledge brokerage roles in policy organisations are coming together to share learning and insights as well as look to address challenges collaboratively. We welcome anyone based in a UK government or legislature who considers themselves a knowledge broker to join our forum, and hope to see you at the next one!” 

Sarah Foxen, Laura Webb and Naomi Saint; Knowledge Exchange Unit, UK Parliament and co-founding members of PKBF.

Getting involved

If you are a policy knowledge broker working in England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales and interested in getting involved in the Forum please complete our sign-up form below!