CECAN are pleased to have launched their Fellowship Scheme, designed to enable academics, evaluators, policymakers and evidence analysts to spend time within CECAN’s research teams. Fellowships may last for up to six months full-time (or longer if part-time, for example, one day a week for a year) and will be individually tailored to the circumstances of the Fellow and the work they will be doing. The Fellowship scheme provides opportunities for those from government and industry to forge useful and lasting connections with researchers and for CECAN’s work to be informed by and linked closely to practical evaluation.
When presenting evidence to policymakers, scientists and other experts need to engage with the policy process that exists, not the one we wish existed. Evidence-based policymaking is now central to the scientific agenda: most researchers need to demonstrate that they are making an impact on policy, and want to help bridge the evidence-policy gap. Paul Cairney, for The Guardian.
A major new report on The Science of Using Science: Researching the Use of Research Evidence in Decision-Making suggested that there is very limited evidence of “what works” to turn scientific evidence into policy. There are many publications out there on how to influence policy, but few are proven to work. Scientists tend to assume that there is one arena in which policymakers and scientists might engage. But the action takes place in many venues at many levels involving many types of policymaker. By Paul Cairney & Kathryn Oliver for The Guardian.
Ministers have exempted thousands of scientists from a controversial “gagging clause” that would have prevented the academics from trying to influence government on public policy matters. The ban, which comes into effect on 1 May, threatened to silence academics and exclude them from public debates as diverse as energy, climate change and transport policies. Review this article from Ian Sample for The Guardian