Policy engagement opportunities

A policy engagement opportunity is where individuals, organisations, or stakeholders contribute their insights, data, and experiences to inform and shape policy. This interaction typically occurs when a government body seeks researcher input on a particular issue, policy area, or proposed legislation.

How does policy engagement work?

Participants in the engagement process submit research findings or expert opinions in writing directly to policy makers. This process allows for a diverse range of voices to be heard and ensures that the resulting policies are well-informed. It fosters transparency and accountability in the policymaking process, helping stakeholders understand the rationale behind policy decisions.

Opportunities in Overton Engage

The types of policy engagement opportunities we collect include Government Areas of Research Interest (ARIs), Calls for Evidence, Government Policy Fellowships, Government Research Learning Objectives, Parliamentary Consultations, Expert Advisory Groups and more.

Government areas of research interest comprise multi-year agendas and priorities determined by civil servants within government departments. While these often align with the political objectives of the governing party, they are specifically crafted to direct and focus research efforts.
A parliamentary consultation involves a targeted question intended for resolution within a relatively brief period. Typically open for several months, these consultations invite written evidence that may inform parliamentary debates, select committee sessions, and the drafting of reports or recommendations.
A policy fellowship involves a focused period of research and engagement. These fellowships facilitate contributions to policy and legislative research. Participants gain a deep understanding of parliamentary processes and develop connections with key stakeholders. Opportunities often include secondments to parliamentary committees or libraries. Additionally, fellows may secure funding to collaborate with government hosts or research centres, addressing major national and international issues through co-designed research that enhances policy-making and academic exchanges.
A policy internship offers PhD students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the nexus of research, evidence, and policymaking. These internships are often structured to enhance career development. Participants may engage in organising and attending policy workshops, as well as writing and editing reports aimed at non-expert audiences. Through internships, students deepen their understanding of how science and evidence drive policymaking, and the critical role of interdisciplinary approaches.
Funding opportunities offer financial support for research projects designed to inform and influence designated policy priority areas. These opportunities enable researchers to secure the necessary resources to conduct studies that align with key governmental or organisational objectives thus facilitating targeted advancements in policy-related fields.

Which countries are covered?

We collect opportunities from 6 countries and regions but we are looking to rapidly expand our coverage. Currently, we cover:

  • UK (including devolved nations)
  • Ireland
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • EU
Updated on May 22, 2024

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