To maximise the impact of your work, you must make sure that politicians, public servants and civil servants are aware of your findings. This means learning how to communicate effectively with politicians and officials in Parliament, central and local government, as well as Non Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs) non-ministerial departments, regulatory bodies and activists in think tanks, pressure groups and political parties. There are many and varied entry points into the policymaking process.

As a social science researcher, you are particularly well placed to influence the policymaking process and the political agenda. Social science researchers:

  • possess detailed research findings
  • have a reputation for independence and objectivity
  • are strong communicators on paper
  • are in a good position to take advantage of the entry points into the policymaking system.

Too often, researchers fail to make the most of this situation. But with a little effort, you can ensure that your research makes a strong impact on the thinking of policymakers.

This section guides you through the process of influencing public policy. It provides information on the people you will need to approach and how to approach them. It covers: