Researchers often provide a variety of solid evidence-based outcomes that can support the development of better policies and programmes at various levels of government. Policy-makers — whether at the local, national, or international level — need more and easier access to high-quality research. However, considering the quantity and quality of research produced by universities and despite policymakers needing better and easier access to high-quality research, why is it that influencing policies and practices is so rare?
This event, hosted by Studio Europa Maastricht, aims to provide insight into this question to understand the gap between academic research and policymaking processes at the European Union and national levels. The event will highlight some best practices and techniques on how researchers can improve the translation of their research into a user-friendly form and facilitate engagement with policymakers and other public servants. Each of the three speakers, who are experts in policymaking processes, will provide their advice on creating impact.
At the end of this session, researchers should have a better idea of all the possible methods for using their academic expertise to influence policy-making audiences and public debates.
UM researchers are particularly encouraged to consider submitting their work to Studio Europa’s Policy Briefs initiative: https://maastrichteurope.nl/research/policy-briefs/