MetroPolis presents: Generating Policy Impact Training sessions

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This short course consists of 3 two hour sessions that are designed to help academics undertaking policy-relevant research to develop a clear strategy for generating policy impact. The sessions are as follows:

Session 1: The science of policy-making.

In this session we draw on political science to look at different models of policy-making and their implications for researchers and research. We consider what counts as policy and what counts as policy change.

Session 2: What is evidence?

In this session we look at the ways in which different types of research evidence are used in policy-making. Currently there is much emphasis on the use of Randomised Control Trials and longitudinal studies in evidence-based policy. We discuss this trend but also make a case for the importance of case-based and qualitative research.

Session 3: Getting evidence into policy and practice.

In this session we first look at what existing research tells us about the effectiveness of different approaches to getting evidence into policy and practice. In the second half of the session participants draw on the learning from the three sessions to develop their own plan for generating policy impact.


The sessions are led by Professor Chris Fox, Professor Steve Morris and Dr Chris O’Leary from PERU (Policy Evaluation and Research Unit). A working knowledge of UK policy-making and evidence-based policy is assumed. The Generating Policy Impact sessions build on the Introduction to Evidence-Based Policy Making sessions delivered by MetroPolis. The next Introduction to Evidence-Based Policy Making session will take place on June 22nd, sign up here:

Participants are expected to attend all three sessions.

Sessions take place on the following dates. Only sign-up if you are able to attend on all three dates:

  • Session 1: Thursday 4th May 10 – 1, GM 334
  • Session 2: Thursday 11th May 10 – 1, GM 334
  • Session 3: Thursday 18th May 10 – 1, GM334

To register, visit:

Please contact Emily Goodier for further information (